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Easter

I really enjoyed the whole Easter journey this year. Our vicar got sick on Maundy Thursday, and I ended up doing all the Easter services, which I really enjoyed, even if I lost my cruisy Easter break. It was nice to journey, first from Palm Sunday, and then through the holy week (including a service of prayer and confession on the Tuesday night) and a Seder service and meal (including foot washing) on the Thursday night. This was my first service, and I then went on to "take" a reflective service on Friday morning and a Tenebrae service on Friday night, using PowerPoint and based on the Stations of the Cross. Really powerful. Then the service of light on Saturday night, and the two celebrations on Sunday, for which I wrote the sermon/poem below.
This sermon was inspired by a sermon two young people in our Diocese preached at the closing service in the Cathedral for our Top Parish weekend. They prepared really carefully, and delivered it dramatically, constantly interacting bo…

A Reflection on Easter

A Reflection on Easter
Easter 2008



They huddled
Numb
Exhausted
Stuck
Filled with grief
Filled with guilt
Disbelieving
Desperate
Overwhelmed by darkness, sin, and death
They wait
Powerless
Angry
Afraid
Hopeless
Helpless
Unsure
Uncertain
Where is God in all this?
Why has God forsaken us?
Wanting to bury the crucified one
The disciples,
Men and women
Wait
Are waiting
The night never seems to end


We too are numb
Exhausted
Huddled in our fear
Stuck
Sometimes filled with grief
Sometimes with guilt
Disbelieving
Desperate
Overwhelmed by darkness, sin, and death
We too are powerless
afraid
angry:
boy racers
Taggers
Gangs
Murdering youth
Those who do violence
Those who seek to stop violence
P
Home invasions
Terrorists
The United States
Suicide bombers
Iraq
Iran
Palestine
Afghanistan
Israel
Tibet
The list goes on
The government
Politicians
The treaty
Health care
Tax cuts
Global warming

We …