Easter Quotes: St. John Chrysostom – forgiveness has risen from the grave

April 14, 2009

I find myself struck afresh very powerfully by St. John Chrysostom’s Easter Sermon this year.  I am rereading it every day this week and will be daily posting excerpts that have encouraged and blessed me.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;  for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

— St. John Chrysostom Easter sermon (c. 400 AD)

The April 13th St. John Chryostom quote is here



Godspace blog: Christ is Risen – Let’s Celebrate!

April 14, 2009

At Godspace blog, Christine Sine has a nice entry with helpful ideas for how to truly celebrate the 50 days of Easter:

Easter Monday has arrived, the tomb is empty and we are wondering what is next.  It seems like a good time to remind ourselves that Easter is far more than a day it is an entire season that stretches for 50 days until the celebration of Pentecost – this year on May 31st.

So what is going to flourish in your life during this season.  How do you expect to encounter the risen Christ?  here are some possibilities to consider:

  • by sitting down to an intimate breakfast meeting where he actually cooks the meal for you
  • by taking a good long walk (or a retreat) to ponder the scriptures and the places in which we are aware of Christ’s resurrection presence in our lives and our world
  • by taking time to acknowledge your doubts and confusions and pains and allowing him to touch your hurting places with his love and understanding
  • by facing your fears and allowing Christ to penetrate the walls that you have allowed to isolate you from the world that he calls you to serve and then allowing him to unlock the doors that prevent you from becoming engaged fully in that world.
  • by meeting him unexpectedly at the tomb as Mary Magdalene did and accepting his invitation to be his witness to the world

Go read the full entry.


Easter Poem: George Herbert

April 14, 2009

Easter

Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen.  Sing his praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise,
That as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and, much more, just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long;
Or since all music is but three parts vied
And multiplied,
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

I got me flowers to strew thy way,
I got me boughs off many a tree,
But thou wast up by break of day
And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.

The Sun arising in the East,
Though he give light, and the East, perfume,
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavor?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.

George Herbert, 1639


An Easter Prayer for the Persecuted Church

April 14, 2009

Scott Gilbreath (Nova Scotia Scott) had a wonderful post on Easter Sunday which touched my heart – A Prayer for Secret Believers.

Easter for Secret Believers

Our Father in heaven, may your family of believers around the world unite this weekend and glorify the risen Lord.

Whether we are

praying at a sunrise service
whispering in an underground church service
witnessing your creation at sunrise
watching a service from a hospital bed
singing in the choir
shivering in a prison cell
reading your Word with our family in secret

OR

praying the Lord’s Prayer in a mosque

…we are the body of Christ.

And we worship you.

Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna for evermore!

Go read the whole post and watch the video.

It’s so easy to forget those who are not free to celebrate Easter openly.  I know just a bit of what that’s like through my work in various Muslim areas of Africa…  As I was praying for some of the secret / persecuted believers I know, I was reminded of the final verse of a modern hymn written by Graham Kendrick a number of years ago.  The hymn “O Lord, the Clouds are Gathering” talks about the apparent triumph of evil in the world, but concludes as follows:

Yet, O Lord, Your glorious cross shall tower
Triumphant in this land,
Evil confounding.
Through the fire Your suffering church display
The glories of her Christ:
Praises resounding!

Hallelujah!


John 14:15-18

April 14, 2009

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily keep Jesus’ commandments; help us love one another — let the Diocesan Convention manifest the love of Jesus.

“And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever–” (John 14:16)
      Father, please fill us anew, anoint us anew with your Holy Spirit, the helper.

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)
      Jesus, help all of us listen to your Spirit of truth; set us free from worldly wisdom which contradicts the gospel.

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for giving us your Spirit of Adoption whereby we can cry out, “Abba, Father.” (From Romans 8:15)

      A word received: Pray for my people to know that I AM risen from the dead, that I know them and love them.

Tuesday: 103; Isaiah 30:18-21; Acts 2:36-41(42-47); John 14:15-31
Wednesday: 97, 99; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the ministry to children at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor


Bishop searches

April 14, 2009
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.  You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  In Your light we see light. Your Son Jesus is the source of living water–water that washes away our transgressions and bears our griefs and sorrows.
We lift up Rio Grande, Georgia, South Dakota, Pennsylavnia, Utah, and Louisiana.  May the living water of Christ Jesus flow through these dioceses, refracting Your holy light, like droplets in a rainbow. 
May they seek Your face in humility, confessing their sins.  May they honor You in their choices in the bishop search. May our church be healed.  Amen.

 


Anglican Consultative Council

April 14, 2009

The ACC will be meeting in Jamaica. The pre-Columbian inhabitants of Jamaica were the Tainos, a gentle people who worshipped gods, spirits, and ancestors. The Spaniards treated them brutally.

Psalm 103

 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
       or repay us according to our iniquities.

 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who fear him;

 12 as far as the east is from the west,
       so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
       so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

 14 for he knows how we are formed,
       he remembers that we are dust.

 

O Father,

We see through a glass darkly.  Does the blood of the slain Tainos cry out from the ground?  Do the idols still hold sway over the land?  As descendants of Europeans, we confess the violence of our ancestors.  We confess our own idolatry and that of our ancestors.  We claim the blood of Jesus over this beautiful island and pray that God’s kingdom will be established in Jamaica as it is in heaven. 

Have compassion on the Anglican diocese of Jamaica and on the Anglican Consultative Council meeting to be held there.  Remember that we are dust.  Amen.

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