“Easter is both about Jesus and about us.” Luke 24:1-12
Easter is not just one day. It is a season of 50 days, significantly longer than the 40 days in Lent. Our Church’s calendar is designed this way to help us remember that we are called to GO and live a life that is centered more on resurrection joy than on fear. During this Eastertide, find ways to live into the Way of Love you have walked this Lent.
The end of our Lent journey is only the beginning, as we take all the transformation we have experienced and imagined and use it to join God in healing and reconciling the world. How will you GO and tell the story of the empty tomb out loud? How have you been changed and how might you change others? (From: The way of Love)
Easter Day Prayer:Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Rector’s Message: I would like to acknowledge the faithful stewardship of each and everyone of you. Your continued participation in the life of St. Michael’s give meaning to our mission and ministry. Again, “Easter is both about Jesus and about us.”. Let us come together and renew our common calling for our parish congregation as we approach its 60thyear of missionary work to the people of this community and to the wider Christian community.
Our collective story as God’s people based on the gospel of the risen Christ should continue to encourage us in bringing people to Jesus. Our church should be an instrument or a way to achieve this goal. My hope and prayer is that we will continue to be a church of the resurrection. This is not an instant joy in the life of our congregation. But it is the beginning of a joyous and victorious life as servants of the one, true and living God. Our God that we worship in our daily living.
My prayer is that God would give us the strength and will to roll the stone and experience a renewal of our mission towards growth and development.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
The Venerable Louie Engnan