Easter never amazes me. No matter what the weather (has there ever been a prettier Easter Sunday than this one) the joy of our faith makes the day brilliant because of the hope engendered by Easter. I will remember this Easter for the image I saw as I walked out of the front of our Sanctuary after our 11 AM service. There was a line of families and individuals waiting to take pictures in front of our beautifully flowered cross. Penny and I joined the line and were thrilled with the joy you were experiencing in waiting to “flower the cross.” I shall not soon forget the pure happiness of that moment!
The most important thing about moving forward from Easter is how we will respond to the joy of the day. Will we go back to life as it was? Or will we be changed by the experience of Easter? There is no doubt that the people of the early church were radically transformed by the resurrection. How have we been changed? I hope it is a change that will be marked by renewed enthusiasm for our faith.
This Sunday we will look to one of the pivotal characters of the Bible. We will take a look at Simon Peter with thoughts I will call “Under-promise, over-deliver.” I hope you will be back in your place this Sunday with the joy of Easter still resonating in your life.