From the Rector

This Easter Week and beyond

"Alleluia! Christ is risen!"

As I think on the meaning of Easter, I feel my heart lift. How does that happen? What is the gift of God that makes such possible?

I do not want to claim for myself easy converse with God. Yet, we as Church acclaim the power of the Spirit through the risen Christ to bring us near to God's presence, to participate in the very life of God. And how marvelously you all as church have adapted to the needs of the hour in that same Spirit. I give thanks for that.

This week, some faithful early risers have continued by Zoom in Morning Prayer ( link here ). Others will continue this very evening the study on Baptism ( link here). Still others will continue this Thursday to meet for online fellowship ( link here ). Centering prayer, outreach efforts, Harry's Friends, not to mention Sunday worship, all continue -- too much to describe or even outline here.

Some if not all of these ways to connect, to be refreshed and strengthened in one's another's company, will continue. As usual, the website is best for links, and the weekly announcements page contains other information, such as individuals we are praying for and those with whom we celebrate this week.

To paraphrase the Psalmist (ps. 139), how wonderfully we are made. How much more wonderful to know ourselves in relation to the Risen One: to live in awareness of what Paul considered the "surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Phil. 3:8).

And the Church says, "The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia."

Easter blessings,


Wednesday in Easter Week
April 15, 2020
...Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
-- Isaiah 60.1
Trinity Church, Swarthmore
A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania