Therefore, Father, according to his command,
We remember his death
We proclaim his resurrection
We await his coming in glory. BAS pg. 199.
This week we are invited to journey in heart and mind from “the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by the dark road of suffering and death” so that “united with him [Christ] in his suffering on the cross, we may share his resurrection and new life” BAS pg. 297.
Together we are facing a “dark road” in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic… Some are experiencing job loss and/or reduced income. Some are struggling to “home school” their children. Some are anxious about the health and safety of their loved ones. Some are wondering about how they will continue to cope.
All of us are hunkering down, washing our hands, keeping our distance and doing the best we can as we learn more and more about this fluid situation.
And Christ Church Brampton is learning to “do church” differently, seeking to celebrate, proclaim and serve in our present situation. While our building remains closed, we are connecting with you and newcomers in relationally close yet physically distant ways. We are worshipping together online through YouTube, having meetings and small groups via Zoom, utilizing social media, making all sorts of phone calls, and yes - we are even reaching out through Canada Post!
I am so excited about the many ways we are able to serve our parish family, and how we are serving new people evidenced by significant visitor traffic online and in loving outreach to our community. I am grateful for our hard-working staff and dedicated volunteers, those who have stepped up via technology - especially those who are helping us to figure out the technology. I am grateful for the faithful support from so many in our parish family – I am grateful for you.
That first Easter when Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, she was distraught, fearful and defeated; her master and friend had been taken, put on trial, abused and put to death on a cross. But, when Jesus called her by name at the empty tomb, she turned and saw that he was alive!
That first Easter changed everything. For her. For the disciples. For all of us. Not only did Jesus die for our sins, but He rose again defeating death forever.
Jesus brings hope into all of the messiness of life, even in the face of uncertainty, sorrow, pain, sickness and death. This is our sure and certain hope, even in the midst of hard days.
I’m so thankful for that first Easter, long ago! I am so thankful for what Easter means for us today. As we face an uncertain future, we can do so with sure and certain hope in Jesus Christ, risen ascended and glorified, who promises to abide with us, even to the end of the age.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
The Rev’d Canon Dr Byron Gilmore, Rector