Grace and Peace,
We are almost there. We are almost to Easter. We are almost returning to full worship. We are almost vaccinated and returning to a life that reflects the memories of our pre-pandemic days.
We are almost there.
In a break with my normal practices I looked back at what I had written last year and found that I reflected on this period as “being the Lentiest Lent that I had ever Lented”. In some ways the entire past year has been the Lentiest Lent.
It is a bit like moving from the northern part of the US to Florida and suddenly wondering if there are any seasonal changes in the weather and climate. But once you have lived in Florida for just a few years you do see seasonal changes, they are subtle by the standards found in New England where leaf peeper season is followed by snow, and then mud seasons, but there are changes. This past year, while very Lenty, still experienced changes and even celebrations.
As we take our last steps in Holy Week we are preparing ourselves for our biggest celebration, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are almost there.
As this is Good Friday we are not yet to Easter, so please take time to find a bit of quiet and reflect on this past season of Lent. Take some time to view the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday videos, along with The Passion, The Stations of the Cross and A Guitar Suite for Holy Week; these are a part of the journey and can be found here: HOLY WEEK / EASTERTIDE.
For many people the giving of alms is a part of their Lenten journey. Donations to St. John’s are a most appropriate way to mark Lent and Easter and to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Online giving is the most effective way to do this and there is a link near the bottom of this email.
We are almost there.
In just a short time we will pass through the final moments of Holy Week and find the light and life of Christ in the joy of our Easter celebrations. And as sure as Easter is right around the corner, so too, in its own time, will be a return to full worship and fellowship.
We are almost there; and know that on Sunday morning Mother Shivaun, Deacon Janice, and I will be praying for each of you and wishing you a most joyous Easter. But until then, continue to have a holy Lent.