With this Easter acclamation, we begin the Great 50 days of Easter, during which we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and our participation in that glorious and holy event that forever changed the nature of our relationship with God.
We welcome you to St. Andrew’s this morning and to this Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the greatest and oldest feast of the Christian Church.
After having walked through Holy Week, where we were pulled into the depth of Jesus’ self-giving love as he washed the feet of his disciples and then offered his own body for us, first through the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and then by hanging on the cross, we have experienced deep pain and sorrow. The absence of Christ on Good Friday, evidenced by the stripped altar and a covered cross, startled us into an awareness of how empty our lives would be without Christ. Deep within our souls, we began to yearn for Christ to be present again in our lives, to offer us a new beginning and to lead us into a life full of the light and love of Christ that God desires for each one of us. Today we celebrate that Christ is indeed risen. Christ has broken the bonds of suffering and death and offers us our salvation.
Throughout the year, each Sunday worship is considered a “little Easter,” for Christ’s resurrection is what we celebrate each week. We as Christians are “Easter people,” in that we live with hope into the promise of our salvation, offered to us by Christ. We hope that you will return often and worship with us here at St. Andrew’s where we strive to share God’s self-giving love with others and build a strong community of faith.