The season of Eastertide is the fifty day celebration between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost. The once barren lenten altar is dressed in gold and white to symbolize Christ’s triumph over darkness, sorrow, sin, and death. The freshly cut flowers represent our joy of new life as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave. The vibrant colors of the stained glass surrounding the cross remind us that the power that raised Christ from the dead is still at work redeeming and renewing this world and each of our lives.
At the center of the sacred story we tell, week in and week out, is Resurrection: life from death, light from darkness, creation from chaos. This story has occupied a central place in the Christian imagination because it points to a new way to live. In this series, we are exploring the way of life Jesus sets forth in his Sermon on the Mount. The Resurrection speaks over every life, “You, whoever you are, whatever your circumstances, you are blessed because God is with you.” This vision of the with-God life opens up resurrected ways of being such as belonging, love and trust in community, and non-anxious relationship with one another and with the Divine. This series will suggest practices for living Christ’s wisdom within the texture of our ordinary lives.
April 21st, Easter Sunday
April 28th, Second Sunday of Easter
Matthew 5:1-20, The Beatitudes
May 5th, Third Sunday of Easter
Matthew 5:21-48, Agape Vision
May 12th, Fourth Sunday of Easter
Matthew 6:1-8, 16-24, Practices of Belonging
May 19th, Fifth Sunday of Easter
Matthew 6:9-15, 25-34, Prayer & Presence
May 26th, Sixth Sunday of Easter
Matthew 7, Non-Anxious Relationship