Noel’s Easter Message:
I remember a year ago when services were suspended in our church. I thought that we would make do for a couple of weeks and then we would be back in business, and that we would be together for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. By April 1, those thoughts were replaced with the reality that in-person worship would now be suspended indefinitely and that we faced the prospect of not being together in our Church building to celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. A whole year has passed. We have not celebrated anything together in-person; no Thanksgiving, no Christmas, and soon once again, for the second time, no Easter. While we have not been able to be together, we still celebrated, and we will celebrate again. If there is something that we have learned about celebrating the Resurrection, it is that what happens there is not about what we do or do not do. It is about what Jesus has done, is doing, and what he will do. And for those who believe, this is true whether we can physically be together to celebrate, or not. The Communion of Saints exists in all corners of the Earth, past, present, and future. As believers, we are never really apart from one another. Because of what Jesus has done through his death and resurrection, we are no longer alienated from God. The Resurrection we celebrate reconciles us to God and to one another. This is true, as I said above, whether we can physically be together to celebrate, or not. Our Happy Easter is celebrated not because of what we can or cannot do, but because of what Jesus has done, is doing, and will continue to do. Let us continue to live, and love, in hope. Happy Easter.