Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
A blessed and joyful Eastertide to all of you. I trust that you are dwelling in the joyous Easter promise of the risen Christ.
It is hard to believe that Easter has come and gone and that April is already upon us. Spring is here, and it has been lovely to watch the trees and plants come to life with green.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Holy Week observations and Easter celebration beautiful. Thank you to the ladies of the Altar guild who put in countless hours to keep sanctuary looking perfect, thank you to everyone who brought in lilies, and thank you Elizabeth for providing beautiful music through this holiest of times. I am sure there are more who I am forgetting, for which I apologize, but I hope everyone knows that your efforts are appreciated.
Christian Education - Postponed
I am going to postpone starting our study of the 39-Articles a week. I am not as prepared for this as I would like to be. Please forgive the inconvenience.
Book and Bake Sale!
Many hands have been diligently working to prepare for the book and bake sale here at the church, and it is starting to look like a legitimate bake sale. The sale will be Friday, and Saturday 9 am - 3 pm. Make sure you let any bibliophile friends know that it is happening.
Vestry meeting this week
Vestry members, please remember that our vestry meeting is this Sunday after church.
Men's and Women's Bible study - canceled
Due to a scheduling conflict with Marlaine White's funeral, we have decided to cancel the men's and women's Bible study for this month. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Marlaine White's Funeral will be Saturday, April 14 at 10 am.
Lenten Offering Reminder!
If you, like me, forgot your Lenten offering this past Sunday, please remember to bring it in this coming Sunday. The APA is working to raise $150,000 to help build a school for Dalat children. You can read more about the project here.
Grace in heartache
As this week as passed by I have been thinking about grace, and compassion in suffering, which I know isn't a particularly pertinent thought for Eastertide. However, it does relate to our Resurrection Sunday sermon. While we want to strive to rejoice no matter what circumstances the Lord brings us to, we want to be careful how we approach those around us who suffer. We want to avoid being Job's friends who were full of bad advice.
I think our cultural habit is to desire to cure other people's pain and suffering, take it away from them. I know when I see a friend who is full of heartache, I want to make it right, I want to fix it. Or we revert to an even worse habit of providing empty platitudes "cheer up old chap; it'll be okay!"
Sometimes, all our friends need is a quiet shoulder to cry upon. To assure them that they are not alone. Perhaps we see this idea of mourning with those who mourn most poignantly in John 11:35 - with the quiet, simple verse - Jesus wept.
In our own trials and struggles may we strive to rejoice in all things, but in our comforting of those who mourn, may we weep along side them, being a quiet, and kind friend who will show them the same love that we know.
I trust this first week of Eastertide has been filled with blessings for all of you and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church