Eastertide (The Great Vigil of Easter, April 20 – The Vigil of Pentecost, June 8) invites followers of Jesus to live joyfully our belief that God makes the impossible possible. The Risen Lord is a testament to the reality that death is not the final answer. Eternal life is made possible by the God who creates, redeems, and sanctifies, and has the power to raise the dead.
It strikes me that the world in which we live and move and have our being is one that desperately could benefit from how we might live, love, and serve others in thanksgiving for the Resurrection. As an Easter people, we are baptized to practice resurrection with and through our lives. The worship, formation program, events, and outreach offerings of Grace-St. Luke’s are designed to inform and support our efforts to practice resurrection.
Life at GSL for the month of May is full of opportunities to engage. The Winter-Spring 2019 Calendar of worship, programs, and events is loaded for our benefit, and so that we might invite guests to participate in any and all that we offer on Sundays and other days. All are invited to join and reflect with others on resurrection through formation offerings, such as “Practicing Resurrection: How To Live With Hope” hosted by me at Public Theology (May 2), “Hope in Scripture” with Dr. Mitzi Minor (May 12, 19), and “A Story of Hope and Healing in Mississippi” with Bishop Duncan M. Gray III (May 26). Our common life always is better when the faithful gather for worship, learning, service, and fellowship, whenever such opportunities are presented.
Our Vision is to be a thriving community of hope, belonging, and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world.
I am grateful for the ministry privilege to practice resurrection with you, and look forward to an exciting future together as we set our Easter hearts, minds, and actions on our vision for life at GSL.
Godspeed and blessings as we try,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector