My Dear Friends,

I send you my greetings of Alleluia, Christ is risen! On Easter we began celebrating the Lord’s resurrection and we continue for another fifty days. I take great delight in joining the children each Sunday as we shout out the dismissal, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!” We leave our prayer space to continue living out the resurrection in our own lives.

But I’ve been pondering, exactly how do we live the resurrection? How can we be a people of resurrection and hope? How exactly do we defy death? A spiritual writer was once asked, “Have you ever brought someone back from the dead?” She wisely responded, “Every time I bring hope into a situation, every time I bring joy that shatters despair, every time I forgive others and give them back dignity and the possibility of a future with me and others in the community, every time I listen to others and affirm them and their life, every time I speak the truth in public, every time I confront injustice – yes – I bring people back from the dead.”

Therefore, we are a people called to live compassionately with others and to bring others back into the community by defying the death giving situations that our neighbors find themselves facing. I recommend reading the article, “Easter: Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice” for thirty-seven concrete examples of how to live the resurrection, making rebirth and renewal a practice in everyday life. If you do not have access to the internet, I will provide these resources to you – check the usher table for copies. http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/naming-the-days/view/10963/easter-resurrection-as-a-spiritual-practice

In addition to acting as an Easter people, our bishop, Michael Curry is inviting us to pray with the entire Anglican Communion, for more people to come to know Jesus. In this way we can act like the early church is allowing the Spirit to move through us to others who want to know more about Jesus. The Thy Kingdom Come campaign goes for eleven days, from the Feast of the Ascension, May 10, through the Feast of Pentecost, May 20. You may access the site here: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/uploads/resources/tkc-prayer-journal-2018-download1.pdf

In preparation for this special prayer time, intentionally consider five people you wish to pray for. I will send you the daily links to help you remember each day’s particular theme and the video on the Thy Kingdom Come Facebook page.

I look forward to these new ways to witness to the presence of our Lord in our midst! Practice resurrection! The Lord is risen indeed in our midst! Alleluia!

Your Priest,
Paula+