We are now in the season of Easter, or “Eastertide” or “Paschal Time” as it’s also known in the Church. You’ll notice the white paraments will be displayed in the sanctuary until Pentecost Sunday, May 19th. The color white symbolizes perfection found in Jesus, and is meant to prompt in us a sense of celebration and joy. It really works you know when you think about it. After all, would charcoal gray paraments and banners spark in you a sense of joy and celebration? Probably not unless it’s your favorite color. White also reminds us of other spiritual things such as the white robe of righteousness we are clothed in with our baptism; pure as snow, washed clean, etc. I love the season of Easter and the way in which we encounter Jesus, leading up to His Ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Each Sunday during the season is like a “little Easter.”
I pray for several things to happen this Easter season. First, that the Holy Spirit gives us all a renewed sense of zeal to hear the Word of God and receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on a frequent and regular basis, for the forgiveness of sin and strengthening of faith. Second, that those who regularly worship only during Holy Week or Easter also have a renewed sense of commitment to hold God’s Word sacred, and gladly hear and learn it. Third, that those who came to our church for the first time on Easter, heard and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, eventually come to the waters of baptism (if they haven’t yet,) and stay on the way to eternal life.
How about we pray for this to happen together, now: Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself. Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you,