For those of us who are liturgically minded and for those of us without a clue about the church calendar, Doug has a reminder: Easter Sunday, while it’s the culmination of the season of Lent, is also the beginning of the season of Easter in the church calendar year.
Let us focus our minds on this prayer from Walter Brueggemann:
Not the kingdom of death
Christ is risen!
We give thanks for the gift of Easter
that runs beyond our expectations,
beyond our categories of reason,
even more, beyond the sinking sense of our own lives.
We know about the powers of death,
powers that persist among us,
powers that drive us from you, and
from our neighbour, and
from our best selves.
We know about the powers of fear and greed and anxiety,
and brutality and certitude.
powers before which we are helpless.
And then you…you at dawn, unquenched,
you in the darkness,
you on Saturday,
you who breaks the world to joy.
Yours is the kingdom…not the kingdom of death,
Yours is the power…not the power of death,
Yours is the glory…not the glory of death.
Yours…You…and we give thanks
for the newness beyond our achieving.
Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth