Easter is past for another year – or is it? The eggs may have been removed from the supermarket shelves, and Easter bunnies and cards may no longer be prominently for sale, but Easter is not just a day or a weekend for the church. Easter is always at the heart of our faith and our mission.
We are not a community of people who follow the teaching and example of a great man who died over two thousand years ago. This would mean that Good Friday was the end, and we would be GOOD FRIDAY PEOPLE. No, we walk with one who is risen and alive – one who walks with us every day of our lives, just as he walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. We are EASTER PEOPLE – crucified with Christ and risen with Christ.
It is Easter faith which gives the church optimism and confidence as it faces the future, even though it is a difficult future with the majority of the population showing little or no interest in the Christian faith.
The month of May begins with Nanda leading worship as the sole nominee of the Nominating Committee. Then there is Christian Aid Week, which once again challenges us with the plight of the poor in so many parts of God’s world. The second half of the month brings this year’s General Assembly – a gathering where it is easy to think that we are managing a church in decline.
As EASTER PEOPLE, we should approach everything believing that our glass is more than half full and not more than half empty. Jesus is risen! He is alive! He is with us today and every day!