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The Energy of Easter by Jason Edwards

 
 

 

The Energy of Easter

I can still sense the energy of Easter. There's nothing quite like it.

Our Lenten preparation readied us and that readiness only rose as we embraced the rhythm of Holy week. Palm branches, broken bread, and Christ's cup brought us to Christ's cross, which is our cross too. Buried with Christ in baptism on Good Friday, raised to walk in newness of life on Easter Sunday. This we proclaimed with conviction, pageantry, and exuberance as our readiness erupted in celebration on Easter morn. It is, not surprisingly, one of my favorite worship experiences each year. There's nothing quite like it. And I know many of you will agree.

As someone from the community rightly pointed out to me this past week, Easter is the highest attended worship service of the year – anywhere. (With Christmas Eve attendance a close second and other high attendance days lagging a good bit behind) Why is that? The answer isn't difficult to discern, chief among
them being this is the day everyone decides to show up. One researcher, Thom Rainer, says not many
non-Christians attend on Easter Sunday (though they do on Christmas Eve). Easter is the time when Christians who do not attend church often decide to show up. I'd add this is also the Sunday when all of us who are active (but not every single Sunday) decide to show up at once. And why wouldn't we? We are,
after all, Easter people. When it comes time to celebrate the resurrection, we ought to show up and sing out.

Ah, yes. And therein lies the point. The last verse of the hymn “Easter People, Raise Your Voices” says it well: "Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. Even when life overwhelms us Easter people sing this song: Alleluia! Alleluia! Everlasting Sunday song."

In a very real sense, every Sunday is meant to be a celebration of the resurrection. This is why Christians started meeting for worship on the first day of the week—to remember Christ's Sunday resurrection. Even the Lenten season, which transpires over 46 days, is only actually a 40-day fast. Why? Because we subtract the Sundays. The Sundays of Lent are not part of the Lenten fast because…well…Sundays are Sundays. Even more, every Sunday is supposed to remind us that "Every day to us is Easter."

And so I wonder—while we're all still sensing the energy of Easter - how we might receive it as a challenge, so that our resurrection celebration might not culminate, but continue? After all, the real energy of Easter comes not from the climax of an Easter introit (though our choir and instrumentalists did lift us, didn't they?), nor from putting a little extra oomph in our own Hallelujahs (though you sure did!)  nor even from impassioned preaching (Lord help us all!J), but from the ever available power of the risen Christ who says he is with us always —and in an extra special way when two or more are gathered in his name.

I can still sense the energy of Easter. I don't want that to stop. It really doesn't have to stop. Christ is with us. Christ is with us at the dinner table with our families. Christ is with us in our office chairs at work. Christ is with us in particularly meaningful ways as we gather for worship each and every Sunday. Christ is with us through our breaking of bread, study, and prayer. Christ is with us when we go out and serve together like we will do as a church on our anniversary Sunday. Christ is with us. Because: Christ is risen!

Yes! May we proclaim it now and always, in word—AND in deed.

 

Senior Pastor

 

Posted by Jason Edwards at 11:52 AM
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