Lord of life and power,
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have overcome the old order of sin and death
and have made all things new in him.
May we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
reign with him in glory,
who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and forever.
Collect for Easter Day, BAS pg. 335
Dear Christ Church Family,
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!
As the warm sun returns, we bask once again in the glory of our God in celebration of the new life that is ours by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! As Saint Paul reminds the baptized, “We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:4-5). What assuring words said with a certainty and conviction that leaves us with an incredible sense of hope for our future which is in the Lord!
Having completed our forty days of Lent in which we focused on prayer, we now enter the Easter Season rejoicing in Christ’s victory over sin and death. But, while Easter is a time of great celebration, it is also a time for us as individuals and as a community to commit to “live in Him as He lives in us” 1 John 4:13
Responding to His word, by living the Gospel Values that our Lord teaches and by allowing His love to permeate all our actions, we fulfill our Baptismal identity. Our Risen Lord desires to be present to this broken world through you and through me… asking us to be His hands, His feet and His voice!
Jesus has won for us the Eternal Victory through His Suffering and Death on the Cross. This is the joyful hope that we share in Christ Jesus. You and I can join our voices with those first disciples by declaring, “The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!”
May this Easter season be a blessing to you and those you love and serve! And may the peace of the Lord, given to His Apostles on that first Easter, reign in your hearts and in your homes – this Easter and always!
The Rev’d Canon Dr Byron Gilmore, Rector
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