Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Greetings in Christ!
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!! Our journey through the fifty days of the Easter season has only begun, and on this glorious spring day, let us remember that this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
What a grand Easter celebration we shared on Sunday! Wasn’t it wonderful to be together in our sanctuaries, to sing the great hymns of the season, and most importantly to worship our Risen Lord on the most important day of the church year? Our deepest thanks to all who shared their special gifts with us!
Now that the glorious Easter Sunday services have come and gone, the real work of the season can begin. We urge you to set your mind on making Easter a part of every day, remembering that because of Easter Sunday, you are a new being! Forgiven and forgiving, loved and loving, empowered and empowering, each of us have been blessed beyond measure because of the sacrifice made by Christ Jesus on our behalf. Please don’t let go of the Good News that was shared this past Sunday, instead grab hold of it with all you’ve got and let yourself be transformed into the very best you you’ve ever been; and then allow the transformation to continue, each and every day of your life, so that you become more than you ever imagined possible. This is the amazing power of Easter, that the limitations imposed upon us by others, and by ourselves, are broken and cast aside, and our true selves are freed to take up our proper places in the Kingdom of God. And our true selves are truly incredible!
God bless you!
Karen and Greg
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
Eastertide is a period of fifty days and a week of Sundays
If you happen to be visiting a Christian Church on any of the seven Sundays after what you thought was Easter and still find that Bible readings, hymns, anthems, prayers and perhaps even the sermons still make reference to Easter, this does not signify that worship leaders are reluctant to let their greatest holiday disappear from view.
Easter is a season rather than just a day
It is actually a seven-week season called Eastertide. It is a period of fifty days beginning at sundown on the eve of Easter Sunday and lasting for six more Sundays until Pentecost. Thus Easter includes fifty days and a week of Sundays.
Like all of the major holidays of the Christian year, the season of Easter is framed around a sequence of events in the life of Jesus. In this case, it commemorates the time that Jesus spent with his disciples following the resurrection, prior to his ascension.
Tradition holds that Jesus “ascended” to God on the 40th day after the resurrection. On the church calendar this day, always a Thursday, is referred to as Ascension Day. In practice, the Ascension is sometimes “transferred” to the sixth Sunday of Easter.
The season officially ends on Pentecost Sunday, which Christians think of as the “birthday of the church.” This holiday celebrates the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and indeed, the world.
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.