A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
The Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf
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Living Resurrection Life
During the season of Lent, we have been focused on the traditional spiritual practices that have formed and shaped Christian communities since the earliest days of the church. These practices include prayer, meditation, worship, and participating in God’s mission in the world. However, too often, when the season of Lent is over, we return to the rhythms and routines of our daily lives as if nothing has changed. Frequently, our journey through Lent culminates with the climatic celebration of Easter Day and then it seems as if nothing happens for the remainder of the Easter season. Bishop N.T. Wright offers the following analysis:
But my biggest problem starts on Easter Monday. I regard it as absurd and unjustifiable that we should spend forty days keeping Lent, pondering what it means, preaching about self-denial, being at least a little gloomy, and then bringing it all to a peak with Holy Week, which in turn climaxes in Maundy Thursday and Good Friday…and then, after a rather odd Holy Saturday, we have a single day of celebration.
This year at Good Shepherd, it is my hope that Easter will not just be “a single day of celebration,” but that we will enter into the full glory of the great fifty days of the Easter season. And furthermore, may the season of Easter, all fifty days, be marked by an intentional focus on living resurrection life. The spiritual practices that we are developing during the season of Lent are intended to equip us to live more fully into the promise of Easter. The introspection of our Lenten journey is meant to prepare us to receive anew the abundant life made possible by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
In order to help us stay focused on the fullness of the Easter season, I will be offering a midweek gathering entitled Living Resurrection Life. We will meet in the church on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, beginning on May 1. These gatherings will include reflections on the Bible, discussions about the nature of resurrection life, and tools for discerning our particular spiritual gifts. In many ways, this Easter series will build upon and continue the work we are doing as part of our mid-week Lenten program.
As we continue our Lenten journey and prepare to once again celebrate the events of Holy Week and Easter, may we be reminded that the celebration of the resurrection is not just “a single day,” but an entire season, during which we are called to more fully enter into the promise of new and abundant life offered to us through Christ. May God bless us during this holy season and always!