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What A Difference A Day Makes or does it?

On Easter Sunday, Christians everywhere shout joyfully to the world that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. We claim that not only did he rise from the dead, he continues to live in and through the church, his body here on earth. We claim that his sacrificial, unconditionally loving Spirit lives in each of his followers as we work to transform the world in his name.

Can the world see the difference that the first Easter made? Are we living transformed lives that transform the world through sacrificial, unconditional love? Or are we like the character Hazel Motes in Flannery O’Connor’s story “Wise Blood” who said “I’m a member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.”

We’re all probably part transformer and part Hazel Motes on any given day and in any given situation, but as we continue our walk with Jesus and seek to grow in discipleship, it is good to ask ourselves every now and then “what difference did the resurrection make in the way I live my life?”

I invite you to explore that question in worship with me during the Great 50 Days of Easter. In the early church, Eastertide was a time for further formation in living the Christian life after receiving the waters of baptism. It was a time of strengthening for a life of ministry in Christ's name and in the Spirit's power. For the next several Sundays, we’ll be relating scripture passages from the Acts of the Apostles to our baptismal vows as a way of examining and strengthening our own witness to the world as a transformed people. I pray that it will be a fruitful time of helping everyone discern and exercise their call to ministry in whatever way God ordains.

Keep your eyes, your hearts, and your minds open for that call to live a transformed life so that others lives may also be transformed. A great way to get started on that is to be part of the upcoming Talent Show fundraiser for our future hunger relief ministry at Alexander Wilson Elementary School!

Christ is risen, and that does make a difference!

Blessings,  Pastor Jane