Easter: Echoes from the Tomb

April 23, 2012

A few weeks ago, I came across a beautiful and powerful Easter Meditation by George Guthrie called “Echoes from the Tomb.”  I don’t recall how I found the link, but I highly recommend reading this!

Leaning forward, you strain to hear. The fresh, cool breeze of the garden morning brushes your cheek. Bending, you look into that open, black-dark mouth of the tomb, its only light the sun’s thin finger reaching past your shoulder to touch the corner of a bone box. But the bones for which it waits have changed, gotten up and walked away. No smell of death; only the sweet scent of burial spices hanging in the air.

Bouncing off the walls of this vacated tomb, you may hear echoes from another garden where the lie, “Has God really said?” prevailed, and death was ushered in. But now, in this garden the lie has been silenced with a resounding, “Yes!! His Word lives!” and death has been driven out, the curse of Eden swallowed up in this empty space.

And do you hear the echo of righteous Noah, who built a deliverance to carry God’s creations through the judgment, or Father Abraham, through whom all the peoples of the earth would be blessed? Do you hear the echoes of Egypt’s oppressive slavery turned inside-out in powerful salvation, and at its peak an innocent lamb slain so that death would pass over? Do you hear the echo of new life found through parting waters, or of bread, water, and the Shekinah tent given in a wilderness? Do you hear the death-dealing law, unable to give life, at once fulfilled and filled full by the Life? Do you hear these echoes?

Read the rest here.  And be encouraged how all history is HIS Story and points to the victory of the resurrection and the empty tomb!

Hallelujah! He is Risen!


Praying the Pascha Nostrum through the 50 Days of Easter

April 23, 2012

A great post at the Rector’s Corner blog this morning on praying the Pascha Nostrum throughout the 50 Days of Easter.

Christ our PassoverPascha nostrum

1 Corinthians 5:7‑8; Romans 6:9‑11; 1 Corinthians 15:20‑22
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

The rector who writes the blog, Brandon Filbert, writes:

The point to be remembered is that the Pascha nostrum underscores the power of Christ’s rising as a complete break with the old life…something that each Christian must not only celebrate at Eastertide, but learn to live in the daily life of discipleship.

 Praying these words will, at times, cast the light of the Resurrection on those corners of our life we are still trying to live the old way, with “the leaven of malice and evil.” For that knowledge we need to give thanks: it is the active work of the Spirit in our life as Christians this Eastertide and always.
A great exhortation and reminder.  Amen!

Matthew 3:1-6

April 23, 2012

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:1-2)

Jesus, let your word be spoken into all the wilderness areas of my life — all those places in my life where you are not yet Lord.

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.'” (Matthew 3:3)

Holy Spirit, thank you for the many witnesses you have raised up in my life. Help me hear and respond to the word you are speaking through them to me.

Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)

Thank you for all that John endured for me. Don’t let me be put off by the outward appearance of the witnesses you send to me — help me to hear and receive your word to me.

Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:5-6)

Let all of Schenectady and Albany and every community in this diocese come flocking to you and be baptized afresh by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

LORD, let the river of your Spirit flow through this diocese and through the Diocesan Convention. Help us all come into the joy of sharing Jesus with others. Thank you.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Exod. 18:13-27: 1 Pet. 5:1-14: Matt. (1:1-17),3:1-6

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Exod. 19:1-16: Col. 1:1-14: Matt. 3:7-12

Notes from the Front Line

Sine Nomine-For All The Saints (With Lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3LMWCIa08Q

Hyfrydol-Alleluia! Sing To Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIYpVJNIW-o&feature=relmfu

To God Be The Glory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORH6TuZjM-Y&feature=endscreen&NR=1

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 23 or 100; Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37; John 10:11-16).

***** Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012

From: Nigel Mumford

Subject: Daily Quote…

Someone once said that if you worry you die and if you don’t worry die so why worry! Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Luke 12:22

Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012

From: Nigel Mumford

Subject: The you tube testimony of Fr. Nigel Mumford “Royal Marine to Priest” is now on line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k4JIn_QrGAAlbany Intercessor

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