Though we often think of Easter as a day of celebration, in the Christian liturgical calendar, Eastertide is a whole season of celebration that culminates with the celebration of Pentecost. Each Sunday in this fifty day period is another Easter. Actually, every Sunday in the church year is a celebration of resurrection, but in Eastertide, the gospel stories recount the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection and in the lectionary, the prophetic texts are replaced with accounts of the early church in Acts, enlivened by the Spirit in a repeat incarnation of God in the newly formed body of Christ!
How will we celebrate Eastertide this year at First Mennonite Church? How will we practice resurrection? How will we position ourselves to witness it in our midst and to recognize it when it happens? How will we name the resurrections we experience, great and small? And yes, how will we celebrate?
Will we? How will we? In the words of the old television show, Mission Impossible, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”is to practice resurrection this Eastertide. How you celebrate or practice will be as different and unique as one person is from another. As for me, I’ve decided I’ll write. I’ll pay attention to resurrections great and small in and around me. And I’ll write a fifty word reflection each day for these fifty days of Eastertide. However you celebrate, I will welcome your presence with me on this journey. I welcome conversations about how you will choose to celebrate, and later about what you’re discovering along the way. Share with me! I’ll share my reflections on the church website. May God’s own Spirit enliven our celebrations!
(To read each 50-word reflection, please click on the links below.)