9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing
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Virtually anything worth doing requires sacrifice of some kind. Being in a relationship; raising children; honing a talent or skill; participating in an athletic event. Life can be costly, and we certainly all know that forgiveness is. It cost Jesus everything. But Jesus’ willingness to give himself for us secured our eternal salvation.
That is a truth this coming Sunday’s Epistle highlights. But the Epistle also poses a question: are we–are you–living in a way that honors the preciousness of the sacrifice that Christ made?
The better we understand what Jesus has done for us, the more we will want to live for him–at least if we are people of honor, and integrity.
This Sunday’s Epistle is a frank reminder that Christianity is more than a feeling; it is a manner of life, stemming from the fact that Jesus gave his life for us. The first Christians simply called it “the Way”. Grounded in love, it seeks to grow in personal and communal holiness, as we pattern our lives more and more after the example of Jesus.
One of the challenges in today’s world is to find hope. There are so many reasons to be discouraged. But none of the reasons is stronger than challenge the first Christians faced on the first Good Friday. Their hope seemed to die with Jesus himself. Their hopes seemed forsaken on the Cross, and buried with Jesus, in the cold tomb.
But wait! Death and despair could not have the last word. Not as long as God was in control. The good news of Easter is that God who raised Jesus is still in control, regardless of how things might appear at any given moment.
I love this beautiful Easter Prayer. Perhaps you, too, will find it comforting, and hope-giving. I think it applies, not just to the Church, but to the whole world, for whom Christ died:
O GOD of unchangeable power and eternal might: Look favorably upon thy whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of thy providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.