Weekly Update: Seder Feast Pics, Good Friday & Easter
A Note from Pastor Mark
In Western Christianity, churches typically observe Good Friday in remembrance of Christ's crucifixion and then Easter Sunday in remembrance of his resurrection. The jarring tone shift between the somber melancholy of Friday and the exuberant praise of Sunday can be disorienting.
Most churches tend to be better suited for one or the other, either lament or rejoicing. In essence, there are Good Friday churches and there are Easter Sunday churches. And very few can hold the tension of those tones together.
Perhaps, we could learn from our family to the East. For Orthodox churches, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not considered separately but only together. In fact, all three days of Christ's defining work are collectively termed "Pascha", a word derived from the Hebrew for Passover.
In the Orthodox mind, the crucifixion of Christ, his descent into the place of the dead, and his resurrection are all a single event. The sadness and joy are one. After all, Christ went to the cross for the glory set before him. And he rose from death with the scars of pain on his hands.
True life, the life of God that manifested bodily in Jesus, is a life that holds sadness and joy together. Our God is simultaneously full of grief and full of healing. He is a man of sorrows and a God of hope. He is broken-hearted and overflowing in delight.
Our world offers simple pictures of salvation: "Look on they bright side; focus on the positive; you are beautiful." Or "Call out injustice; speak truth to power; punch a Nazi." The Gospel is more complex. Its brightness births from shadow. Its beauty is often gruesome. And Nazis are washed in love.
This Pascha, let go of simple and false salvations. Feast on a broken body, and hunger no more. Drink deeply of shed blood, and be satisfied. Cling to the crucified one, and live forever.
- Pastor Mark
SEDER FEAST HIGHLIGHTS
We enjoyed a joyous and meaningful feast with one another last night - many thanks to Jesse and Grace for capturing the evening for us!
CALENDAR & ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIS COMING SUNDAY
THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE:
YET SHALL HE LIVE
Pastor Mark Bergin
Death is a great enemy. It stands immovably in our way, threatening darkness where there was light and decay where there was life. Yet, there is a sort of life that is impervious to death. It is a life unlike our own, a divine life. Jesus embodied this life, invading our dying world with it. Wherever he went, death buckled before him. Even finally in his own tomb, death could not hold him. He is the resurrection and life, and all who live in him have conquered the grave.
VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR APR 1
Liturgy Writer: Cassie S
Greeters: Vitaliy & Veronika M
Sun Manager: Cassie S
Hospitality: Josh & Marla W, Bobby L
Media: Lea R
Audio: Cylas C (from Village Church)
Band Leader: Sam C
Band Members: Alec W, Jordan K, Kaitlyn K, Dan H
POTP: Cassie S
Announcements: Grace H
Scripture: Tamara H
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Steve H & Heidi D
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Matthew S
*Easter is a Family Service
Nursery: Jamie O & Stacey J
Info Table: Matthew S & Grace H
Prayer Team: Mark B & Heather C
Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org