Trust + Aspiration = A New Humanity
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
I just can’t get that tune out of my head. What a glorious Easter day! The music was inspiring, the liturgy radiant, and the congregation was engaged and connected and full of joy. It is a lovely thing indeed, to witness the Holy Spirit skim through the souls of so many, drawing them together into the body of Christ. It is resurrection, and it fills me with hope. HOPE!
Hope has an ancient definition and a contemporary definition. Today hope is about aspiration for a future event or way of being. Its ancient definition had more to do with trust. Trust + Aspiration. I love the combination because it captures the essence of resurrection. We can trust that God is committed. God is present. God is good to God’s word. And most importantly God is merciful; which is to say, that while God may be hurt by the hardness of our hearts as we prioritize silly, lesser idols over God, God remains attentive, waiting for that moment when we turn back to God (repent is the word for this turning back). Resurrection is the promise confirmed that we cannot chase God off, even with a cross. Our hope, then, can be placed in a trustworthy God.
Which leads to aspiration. Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). We are children of God, and as children, we are made to carry on the work of our Father. Jesus came to show us how. Jesus made the promise to give us the power to do what he instructed. He left us an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to abide in us, guide us, and indeed inspire us (John 14:15). The world in which we have been set to do the “greater works” is a project to be completed. Too often people read Christian theology as creation being a prison to escape, but that understanding is misguided (if not plain old wrong). Creation is a project to be completed, and God, through the instructions of Jesus, trusts us to do so. And so we aspire to meet our God’s trust in us, by living toward the hope of this completed creation.
Trust in God + Aspiration toward God’s vision; Easter is the service that says: “Yes!” to hope. If you felt the powerful swirl of the Holy Spirit pulsing through that service, you too know the hope of which I speak.
What is this vision then we trust in and aspire toward? A new human. Christianity today is more ready to be relevant than it has ever been. We are trending toward a world where the necessity of a person to be the energy unit for the economy is fast receding. No longer do families need to be large to get the crops in. No longer will we need to be the production drivers in factories, hospitals, or high tech. I know it doesn’t seem this way now, but a future is fast approaching when we’ll have leisure like we haven’t ever had it before. And then, with the identity of economic productivity stripped from our personhood, we will ask, “Who are we?” And that is when Christianity returns with a clean, clear sense of what it means to be this new human, how we act, what we do, what is valued and why it is to be valued. Our time is coming. Trust God and aspire to God’s hope for us. And as you do, do so with the word “Alleluia” on your lips.
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Our regular meeting is the second Sunday of each month, at 12:30 in the Christie House Library. April’s meeting is the 8th.
… Cathedral Day 2018 will be held Saturday, April 28 with the Eucharist and liturgy for confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations beginning at 11 am at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. We invite all in the diocese to join us for this special celebration.
Following the service, all are invited to have lunch from our food trucks, participate in games and activities for all ages, and take a tour of the Cathedral and Diocesan House. The Cathedral Shop will also be open for the day.
If you would like to go as a group, contact Ruth Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcomed almost 1,000 people to Epiphany on Easter and many more during our myriad Holy Week services and events. None of this would have been possible without the generous donations of time, food, drink, and hospitality from our Epiphany community.
Your YWCA Easter Basket team,
Sherilyn Peterson, Ann McCurdy, and Traci Tenneson
Gala Fundraising Concert & Dinner
April 22 | 6 pm | Chapel & Great Hall | Tickets $100.
Jeremy Bacon, Jazz Pianist
The Gala will be an evening of musical frivolity and exquisite food that helps support the Epiphany Seattle Music Guild. The purpose of the Music Guild is to raise funds and publicize Epiphany Seattle Music Guild programs and to support these free events.
For Gala tickets or to sponsor a music event click here.
You’re invited to our Spring Weekend Retreat at St. Andrews House on Hood Canal. You don’t have to come on first Saturdays to come on the weekend retreat! This year the dates at St. Andrews are April 20 to 22, where we will study religious icons with local artist/author, Mary E. Green. She has two books: Eyes to See and Holy Sightings. Most recently, the Altar Guild gifted Rev. Kate Wesch with two of Mary Green’s icons. Make time for yourself and come be in the beauty of Hood Canal with us! You will be glad you did.
To register online click here.
Did you get a chance to attend the Taizé service at Epiphany during Holy Week? So beautiful! If you loved it, or if you missed it, not to worry- we’re starting a monthly Taizé service in the Chapel at 8 pm on 3rd Tuesdays beginning April 17!
Taizé music is the beautiful simple chant we sing sometimes during communion. This will be a simple candlelit prayer service in the Chapel. We’ll mostly be singing together with the help of a piano and a cantor, but there will be a few prayers and we will also sit together in one long period of silence in the middle of the service. It’s a deeply peaceful experience open to all. The service will last 35-40 minutes.
Taizé music was developed by the monastic community of Taizé in southern France. Founded after WWII to pray for peace, the Taizé community is the only ecumenical monastery in the world which is authorized by both the Anglicans and the Roman Catholics. Along with this spirit of ecumenism, Epiphany is part of a group of churches in Seattle which is organizing to offer Taizé somewhere in Seattle every week. We are the 3rd week!
Questions? Interested in helping? Contact Diana Bender at email@example.com or 206-459-9140
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13, 2018 from 1-4 pm
Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at Epiphany is a place for all ages to experience God’s love in a safe and welcoming environment.
Bible Storytelling | Crafts | Games | Chapel | Music | Service
To register now, click here.
Second Sunday of Easter
1 John 1:1-2:2
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