Luke tells us that on the day of Pentecost, after 3000 people had been baptized, that the entire community “devoted (itself) to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). The Resurrection (and subsequent gift of the Spirit) is not simply an event in time and space, but the true beginning of a new world, of new creation. As such, it demands new and life-giving practices, ones which teach us how to live within this new world, guided by the Spirit of Christ who makes it all possible.
All of this to say that, as we begin our Easter season, let us do so by committing to ‘devote ourselves’ to those practices the Spirit uses to guide us into life: practices of discipleship and learning, practices of community and service, practices of worship and mission. God’s gift of new life within this new world demands no less!
Are you not yet a member of one of our Home Groups? Then be sure to contact Lauren Gyorfi (email@example.com)and ask her to help you find the one that is right for you.
Are you not yet participating in ‘Discipleship Hour’ or in our Men’s or Women’s Groups? Then commit now to show up on Sunday morning (9:00 am for Discipleship Hour) or contact Zach Kuenzli (firstname.lastname@example.org: Men’s group) or Anne Harper (email@example.com: Wednesday night Women’s group) or Janis Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org: Thursday morning Women’s group) for news about their gatherings.
Have you not yet found your place of service within our Body? Then speak to Brian+ or Brother Tim (or contact Amy in the church office: email@example.com), who will be more than willing to suggest places to consider.
Let us not simply rejoice in the Resurrection but commit more fully to live-into it this Easter season.
Remember that on Sunday we have the privilege of welcoming three new members into the Body of Christ through baptism (Ethan and Samantha Inman, Elanor Scarlett), all the while renewing our own Baptismal Vows.
Finally, we also welcome into our community John David Seligman, born on Easter Day to Sydney and Justin! If you would like to show your love for the Seligman’s, you can sign up to ‘Take them a Meal’ (https://takethemameal.com/AQRA8541).
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.