Easter Proclamations – Disruptions
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;” – Colossians 1:15
I can’t believe it is Thursday, and I almost let the week get away from me without sending out my weekly message. It’s a discipline exercise, really, and yet there are certain parts of being a minister where things happen that disrupt the usual weekly routine. This is not a bad thing, and I would hope this isn’t a complaint by any means. It just means that writing my weekly message got pushed from Monday into… well, today.
In many ways, Easter is all about disruptions, because the Resurrection changed everything. The expected order of things was up-ended, and the attempt that the authorities made to silence this threatening voice of hope had failed miserably. Instead of silencing Jesus, there was a new message of hope and life that would ultimately change the world. Even when governments and rulers would use the Christian message to subjugate and control, the message of resurrection is still there.
In the midst of my own week, in the midst of the disruptions, that Easter is a message of disruption. It is a message of hope in the midst of what can sometimes be the oppressiveness of routine and expectation. It is a message of new life in the midst of all those things that seem to drain us out. It is a message of defiance that we don’t have to accept the way things are. This is a good kind of disruption.
In the midst of this, I’ve included a copy of Sunday’s bulletin with this message. As you will see, we are welcoming two “new” people into the formal membership of St. Matthew’s. The reality is that these two have long been part of the community, but for various reasons and circumstances their membership has been at churches out of the province. This Sunday we formally recognize something that has been true for a very long time. Between now and the end of the year, there are more to come too!
Yours in Christ,
- John on Study Leave
- While I originally had grand designs on attending the Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio, Texas next week, flight arrangements made that impossible for this year. Instead I will be doing some reading and preparation for upcoming church membership and confirmation classes. As such, I will be out of the office from Tuesday May 16th and will be back on Wednesday the 24th.
- Shakespeare at St. Matthew’s
- Wayne Valleau is leading our next foray into Shakespeare with an exploration of Anthony and Cleopatra. The seminar started Easter Monday, April 17th at 10:00am in the Conference Room, and continues on Mondays at 10:00am.
- The Crusades: A Dark History
- Due to Study Leave and Victoria Day, the Crusades seminar is on a short hiatus.
- Resumes with Session 4: The Second and Third on Monday, May 29th at 7:15pm, John Crowdis will be leading his latest seminar, exploring the historical military campaigns known as the Crusades from the late 11th Century to the mid-13th Centuries in Europe and the Middle East.
- Spirituals Sunday!
- Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 25th for our annual service of African-American Spirituals. More details to come!
- Congregational Membership Classes
- If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am running personalized membership classes as a way of exploring faith. I am making use of a United Church resource called “Jesus 24/7” which explores our faith using the New Creed that we say every week as a jumping off point. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.