Welcome to S. Michael’s this Easter Day as we celebrate the resurrection. Today the church is resplendent with colour and beauty as we rejoice that Jesus has been raised from the dead. The weeks of Lenten preparation are behind us and we have accompanied our Lord, as well as we could, on the way of the cross. Now we join with the apostles and saints to praise God for his wonderful gift which has broken the power of sin and death. We re-affirm our baptismal identity as people who are united to Christ in his death and resurrection, and we join in this Eucharist with the whole company of heaven in joyful praise and thanksgiving.
The readings we hear today tell the story of the empty tomb and the promise of new life that becomes integral to the preaching of the early Church. During the Great Fifty Days of Easter that begin today we will reflect on the risen life of our Lord, and the birth and spread of the Church animated by the Holy Spirit. It is time for us to align ourselves and our Church with the joy of the resurrection, and allow it to determine our life priorities.
There is much sadness and heartache in the world at present. Suffering is experienced on every side, from our personal lives to the anguish of a planet beset by global warming. Today we proclaim that such suffering, as real as it is, will not have the last word. Easter is also a time when we remember loved ones who have died, and recall the hope of the resurrection that nourishes our prayer that they will rise with Christ in glory.
Celebrating Holy Week and Easter is our biggest festival at S. Michael’s, and I want to thank all those who have laboured in small ways and large to ensure that our proclamation of the death and resurrection of Christ is all we would want it to be. The magnificence of the liturgies, the music, and the adornment of the church as we have gone from the bareness of Good Friday to the resplendence of Easter Day, has been truly inspiring. Thank you one and all. But most of all, thank you to all those who are present with us today, for the most important thing any of us can do is to come and show our gratitude to God by worship.
May you have a very happy and blessed Easter.
Fr Andrew Starky
- Lent Studies: notes are now available from Bishop Victoria, Fr Peter and Fr Andrew.
- Regatta on Avon: lunch today 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
- The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge.
- Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
- Garden Tea Party for Cassandra Johnson 2 April. Details Jill Woodside (338 9590).
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.
Change of date: the Parish AGM will now be on Sunday 1 May
Please send Annual Reports to Louise as soon as possible, preferably by email.