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My Dear Friends,
Today when we think about the Resurrection, we must think not only about Jesus and what happened, but what happened to his disciples. They went into hiding after Good Friday, but after the Resurrection appearances something of dramatic proportion happened to change the way they looked at reality. They were no longer the frightened followers of Jesus locked behind closed doors. It was not just what they saw when the Risen Christ appeared, but what was set free in them. The Christian Gospel proclaims that the Resurrection guarantees God's power and faithfulness not only to Jesus himself, but also to every human being. St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians puts it this way: "Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (3:1). "You were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (2:12). Paul is here saying to us that the Resurrection is not a future event but that already in the present time every believer participates in the Resurrected life of Jesus Christ.
This participation in the Resurrected life of Christ in not a participation
that takes us out of the world, neither is it an attempt to glorify
the believer. Instead, it is an identification that empowers the
believer to live a certain way. In Jesus Christ, God enables ever
believer not only to glimpse, but also to embody an alternative
perspective on the world. One shaped by the knowledge that God
indeed creates, that God's power indeed triumphs over all other
powers, and that, in Jesus Christ, God signals the redemption
of humankind. Nora Gallagher, Anglican Lay Theologian writes about
Practicing Resurrection in a book by the same title. She asks:
"What if the Resurrection is not about appearances of Jesus
alone but also about what those appearances point to, what they
ask, and finally what we do with them?" That, she says, is
what matters. And therefore the question then becomes, do we make
them into superstitions or use them as stepping-stones to new
life? If the
The Clergy and Lay Representatives to Synod will be away at Synod between Tuesday and Friday of this week. The congregation will be represented by Mr. George Bullock, Mr. Douglas Folkes (Alternative Lay Rep.) Dr. Vincent Lawrence, Mr. Michael Fennell and Mr. Alvaro Casserly. Synod will be held at the Starfish Trelawny Resort in Falmouth. As we pray for the successful conclusion of Synod, pray especially for the Elective Assembly which will meet on Wednesday to elect a new Bishop of Kingston.
Of the 21 persons confirmed last Sunday there were three members from St. Clement's mission. Continue to pray for this outreach ministry.
We express our condolences to Mr. Franklyn Hawkins on the death of his wife Daisy, a Roman Catholic.
Congratulations to Mrs. Kathleen Neysmith who celebrates her 95th birthday today.
We extend a very warm welcome to all our visitors. On behalf of
the church staff and my own family, I wish you all a Holy and
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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