For most of us, Easter is long gone. The decorations have been packed away. We have moved on. As lovely as it was, with church, family, and good food, it is done for another year. Or is it? When does Easter stop? When are we “done” with Easter? The fact is, we are never done with Easter. Our faith, our lives, our souls live in the reality that we are a resurrection and a resurrected people. To say that we are Christian is to proclaim that we live out the Easter promise every day of our lives.
This can be a daunting business. We are challenged with the task of trying to understand who we are in our church and in the world. Who are we to profess Christianity in our generation? Who are we to represent the Christian faith in the world in which we live? Still, it is a necessary task as more and more of us begin to look exactly like the society that is around us. With a becoming humility, the church has taken to calling itself the community of sinners. But this is not so much humility as truth-telling; it is not new insight, but ancient history.
“Easter has just begun!”
Conversely, we would do well to reaffirm another ancient, but ever new, description of the church as the community of the hopeful and joyous ones. We are an Easter community. We are a resurrected community. We have good cause for hope. We have cause for rejoicing in the God who delights in his created world. We believe in a God whose enormous and holy hands hold history and heaven together. We worship THE God who testifies through his Son, Jesus the Christ that, “He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared” (Rev. 21:4).
This is the foundation of our faith. This is who we are. This is who we are called to be—to be minstrels of the Lord, living in our world with jubilation and praise. Whether it is at our daily work, eating out in a restaurant, gathering with friends, or being the church together, we are called to be an Easter people. So is Easter over? Not by a long shot! Easter has just begun!
—Rev. Dr. Charlie Close, Pastor of Canaan Congregational Church
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We Are an Open and Affirming Church
What does “Open and Affirming” (ONA) mean?
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.