Easter Message: “Who will roll away the stones for us from the entrance to the tomb?” Mark 16:3 N.R.S.V
I have always been sustained in my ministry every time I read the greatest story told-“The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” This year brings a remarkable phase in our life as a faith community. As a way of guiding and leading this flock, I wanted you to take a brief moment and ask this very important question, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
To be in a tomb is to be in darkness and isolation. But Christianity is to be in the light and in the community. Our calling is to be a faith community, to be a family and to be the hands and feet of Christ into the World. Our very own purpose as parishioners of St. Michael’s is to continue to grow and give life to our church. And who will roll away the stone for us to see the light and life of our own identity-It will be you and me.
Everyone in our parish spoke about being a more inviting church, being involved in our outreach ministry and gathering more youth and new families in our fold. And again, the question will be, “who will roll the stone away for us to see our goals and visions come to reality?” It will be you and me.
Would you be comfortable if it be another Anglican parish or another faith community that will direct or lead the way to our own victory?
The task at hand is not a walk in the park. But I think we took the right step in immersing ourselves in these conversations. I will continue to pray that we will all be involved to grow our church. We have to start to roll our own stone and open our hearts to see the new light and the new identity or our parish community.
Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! Happy Easter!
The Revd. Louie Engnan
Rector, St. Michael’s, Surrey