The celebration of Easter is central to the life of the church and to faithful Christians. Why? Without the new life of Christ touching every aspect of who we are and what we do, we are simply going through religious motions, playing religious games, and puffing a religious veneer over lives that are just like anyone else’s.
To live lives touched by the Resurrection means many things, but I’d like you to think about these two:
It means that we live unafraid of death and all that death brings with it. Many live in such a way that they will do “anything” to avoid pain, aging, illness and death. Some will go to extraordinary lengths to deny the inevitability of death, fooling only themselves. Choosing inappropriate and damaging lifestyles, or fooling ourselves into acting or looking much younger than we are, or we are paralyzed by fear that keeps us from doing or being anything.
It also means that we live free from sin’s power. Has someone done something to you that still controls your heart and mind? Have you done something that has clouded or affected your whole life? Have you taken a road of temptation that leads only to damage to you and others? Have you allowed prejudice or fear to warp your heart so that you cannot love and forgive?
Easter isn’t just about eggs, bunnies, jelly beans and hollow chocolate Easter bunnies, and dressing up. It’s about the new life we have in Christ, in which we are set free to love, forgive and serve, and thereby find a sense of peace and joy in all that we do. By grabbing hold of the cross, we share in Jesus’ victory over sin, death and all that would destroy us.
We invite your family and friends to join us in our Holy Week services at Austin: First United Methodist Church.
In the Christian Church at this time of year, all our attention turns to Easter Sunday, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Rightly so! “Nothing” in the life of the Christian is more important than that, for in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, his victory over the powers of sin and death, we also celebrate our own victories. The old, fearful ways of thinking and living are no longer necessary, and in fact, are hurtful to us. Praise God for victories won for us in Christ.
Holy Week Schedule:
This week signals the end of Lent and the final preparations for Easter. Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his betrayal by those who seemeded to be supporting him. Maundy (Holy) Thursday recalls Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and the institution of Holy Communion. Good Friday brings us before the cross to witness Jesus’ crucifixion and death, beginning the wait until Easter. Finally, Sunday arrives and with the women at the tomb we discover that Jesus has risen and has defeated the enemies of sin and death. Our worship schedule for that week is:
Palm Sunday (April 14) at our 9:30am.
Holy Thursday, Holy Communion, (April 18) at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.
Good Friday (April 19) at 6:30 at Christ Episcopal Church, 301 3rd Ave NW.
Easter Sunday Celebration (April 20) at 9:30am.