Invitation to Easter
It’s been in the news lately, but for those who haven’t heard, this Sunday is Easter. Interestingly, Easter is to the church world what Superbowl Sunday is to football fans. Some churches some give out cash, some give away cars, all kinds of craziness ensues in an attempt to gather the most visitors, hoping they’ll become regulars. Families who aren’t Sunday regulars get dressed up for the twice yearly pilgrimage to a nearby sanctuary, and find church folks putting their best foot forward, smiling really wide, and inviting them to return. As a minister, I can’t remember an Easter in recent years where, at the end of the day, I didn’t find myself exhausted and glad it was over for another year. Excited about the resurrection, sure, but in all the fanfare, I personally didn’t have time to worship.
This year is different. This year, Sinners and Saints is celebrating its first Easter, and if you would like to join us, you’re invited. We won’t have any fancy productions, no giveaways, we’re just sharing a potluck meal together. Afterward, a few awesome folks in our community are leading us in a time of worship. No one gets burned out, no one’s exhausted and we take time to be together and remember something important, that is sometimes lost in all the fanfare. We’re here together because of Jesus. We worship and we’re alive–really alive–because love wins. Life wins. Death is overcome and a new reality is seeping into our world, setting all things right. We remember that that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” As we meet together, as we open ourselves to the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, we become more and more our true selves, our child of God selves. We open ourselves to hope and remember how beautiful it is to see God at work in each other.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Easter dinner, to gather around a table and be welcomed, join us. After all, there will be ham, and kimchi, and Jonathan’s bringing pie. To me, that sounds like a little bit of heaven right here in Seattle.
See you Sunday,
Volunteering in the District: U-District Food Bank
As a church, we’re trying to get to know our neighbors and our neighborhood. Join us on Thursday, April 1st or Thursday, April 8th as we volunteer together at the University District Food Bank. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us. Space is limited, and we would love to have you join us!