The Spirit Newsletter May 2020

Posted By tumc_admin on Apr 24, 2020 |

From Pastor’s Dask

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Somethings are just too good to hurry-like a “yummy” chocolate cake or ice cream. They deserved to be savored. That’s why we have this season of Eastertide. We take time-up to seven weeks–to savor the richness of Easter.

The Easter Event is the richest, most powerful event in history.

Our resurrection faith is the most powerful force in our lives. It is like a tidal wave. That is how Glen E. Rainsley puts it. He describes its tidal qualities:

It breaks upon us as waters upon the shore, molding and shaping. Sometimes it smooths our tough and jagged edges and at other times it pulls at us to expose new sharpness. It uncovers what has previously been hidden.

Faith bring surprises, laying them before us as though they were dropped by an outgoing tide. Its offerings connect us with people in far-off places; its gifts include living things such as hope and charity.

Faith tells us about power and grace, both ever in motion as the seas, both ever present whether we are at high or low points in our lives.

Faith constantly beckons. It seems to stretch toward us as the waters of a new-broken wave reach out to the walker on the shore. (from Touch Holiness)

During this Coronavirus crisis and social distancing we are not able to gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our church buildings. Never in my 62 years of life, did I see Church being closed for worship on Sundays, especially on Easter Sunday.

Yet COVID-19 pushes us hard to rekindle our Easter faith to see God’s intervention in overpowering the disastrous effect of coronavirus. Family members worshipping online and praying together in their homes is also the real Church, the Body of Christ, confirmed by the resurrected Christ when he said, ‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’ (Matthew 18:20)

A call to pray from home transfers greater responsibility to all Christians, both clergy and laity. Praying from home will bring in a faithful realization that all can have access to God through the resurrected Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:18), and all have the priestly responsibility of interceding for other people to God (1 Peter 2:9).

Resurrection faith makes our lives Easter-Tidal! During this Eastertide, let us open ourselves in a conscious and grateful way to God. Our resurrection faith opens us to a God who changes us, surprises us, informs us, and draws us. Let us affirm our Easter faith anew. Let us proclaim our Easter Gospel. Let us reach out to our neighbors and those in need. And let us continue to uphold those affected in prayers.

May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy!

Pastor Andrew

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