THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER
You’ve heard of the 12 days of Christmas and the 40 days of Lent. How about the 50 days of Easter? From Easter Sunday through the Day of Pentecost, the Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ with seasonal scripture readings, prayers and hymns. The Alleluias return to the liturgy and the purity of Christ is signified by the white paraments on the altar, pulpit and lectern. When you enter deeply into the meaning of the Easter season, it can become a glorious time of rejoicing. It all begins with the simple declaration that Christ is Risen! In that one creedal statement, is the undoing of all that Satan sought to do from his first temptation of Adam and Eve to his continued assault of the faithful even in our own day. The great 4th century bishop, St. Chrysostom, put it this way in an Easter sermon:
O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Happy Easter indeed!
NAMING CEREMONY FOR GRACE’S SON (TOLA’S SISTER), THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST AT 6:00PM
The whole congregation is invited to Jay and Tola home for the naming of Grace’s newborn son. This traditional Nigerian celebration includes plenty of prayer, food, laughter and, most importantly, the bestowing of a name and legacy on the newborn child. For most of us born and raised here in the US, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to share in a rich tradition of the Nigerian people. And it’s also a wonderful way to welcome this little one into the world. Jay and Tola live at ____________ in Midland.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION CONTINUES WEDNESDAY! AT 6:30 PM
Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue (the Oknefski’s) for study, conversation and dinner.
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: Luke 24:46-49 “On the Third Day Rise”
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.
Your fellow servant,
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
-Sundays, Classes at 9:15am. Worship at 10:30 am.
-Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Oknefski’s (2201 Hereford), LENTEN SERIES: The Revelation of St. John
-Thursdays, 7:30am to 8:30am, People of the Book, breakfast and fellowship at the Jubilee Center.
-Friday, April 8th, 8:30am, Stocking Shelves at the Jubilee Center (3301 Andrews Highway)
-Saturday, April 9th, 9:15am, Food Distribution at the Jubilee Center
-Sunday, April 10th, Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection
-Tuesday, April 12th, 6:00pm, Vestry Dinner and Meeting