The season after Easter is called the Great Fifty Days because during this time we celebrate the greatest event in the history of the earth: Jesus’ Resurrection. Lots of other important things have happened: an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Greek culture flourished in the 5th Century B.C., Columbus discovered America, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Elvis recorded “That’s All Right Mama.” But all these events happened within the world we know and all the participants were subject to sin and death. Jesus opened up a world where we can be free of sin and death and live with God forever. Even among religious events the Resurrection stands out. Moses received the Ten Commandments, but he foretold the coming of another greater than he. The Jewish prophets also looked forward to Jesus’ coming to lead the world back on course. Jesus himself performed many miracles and said many great things, but his chief accomplishment was dying and coming back to (a new) life to save us all from sin and death. In the face of this tremendous event, the Resurrection, our appropriate response is to worship and try to live as Jesus has commanded. That’s what we are doing at St. Barnabas.
This Sunday we begin confirmation classes after the service during coffee hour fellowship. We will have 6 sessions covering such topics as the prayer book, the Bible, and the Anglican Way of Christian faith. This is a part of St. Barnabas celebrating our 50th year as a parish family. Stay tuned for more news of upcoming events, which will culminate on Sunday, May 28, with the visit of a bishop to perform baptisms and confirmations.
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