Proclaiming The Resurrection Today

My meditation from the Easter Sunrise service.  The Confirmation led the service and did an amazing job!

Enjoy!

Easter Sunrise 2013

Proclaiming The Resurrection Today

On a still and quiet morning about 2,000 years ago, a few women went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and found that the stone had been rolled away. When they realized what had happened, they ran from the tomb, shouting, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Today we remember that moment; we gather together on this still and quiet morning, grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made, for the foundation of our faith that has been set for us and for the Body of Christ that unites us as one. We, too, want to run and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Think about this: Christianity would not have spread if the people who witnessed the resurrection, those individuals who saw and believed that Jesus had risen, hadn’t told that story to the people around them. Christianity would not have grown throughout the years if millions of people throughout history hadn’t experienced the risen Christ in their own lives – and then shared their stories with the people around them. Christianity would cease to exist today if others had not shouted throughout their lives, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

So one day a year, we remember the Easter story. But what about the other days? How will we keep this tradition alive? Shouldn’t the lives that we lead be tangible expressions of our faith, of the Christian message, of this Easter story? How can we, every single day throughout our lives, run and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can gather together as a community of faith. We can worship together, learn together, serve together and grow together. We can push one another, show grace towards one another and guide one another. We can embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity of the Body of Christ. And then we, too, can shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can reach out our hands to serve throughout the year – in our churches, in our schools and in the community. We can volunteer for and with our children. We can help the elderly who spent their lives helping others. We can make small sacrifices that may have large impacts around us. And when someone asks us why we serve, we can shout with hope and confidence, “because Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can break bread together. We can welcome new people into our lives and into our communities. We can find new and innovative ways to experience and live out our faith. We can find meaning both inside and outside the walls of the church. We can embrace new traditions, while still be touched by old ones. And every morning, we can wake up and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

There is no better way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ than on the peaceful shore of this reservoir. The water that flows reminds us that the water of baptism unites us all. The sun that rises slowly reminds us that the light of God shines in all of us. The voices that sing as one remind us that we are strongest when we come together. The prayers that we say in unison remind us that we should praise God – always. The flowers that adorn the cross remind us of the new life that Christ gives us through this Easter season – and throughout our lives! The beauty that surrounds us reminds us of the truth in our lives, that “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We are the Body of Christ, coming together to celebrate the most sacred time in the Christian year. We are the Body of Christ, surrounded by the beauty of creation on this blessed and holy Easter morning. We are the Body of Christ, united by God’s grace and love for each and every one of us. We are the Body of Christ, ready to shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Thanks be to God!
Amen.

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