Faith: REFELCTIONS ON EASTER AND PASSOVER 

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Easter Reflections: For me, any reflection on Easter begins and ends with the Great Vigil – a service which occurs only once each year. The Great Vigil of Easter largely takes place in the dark – between sundown on Holy Saturday and sunrise Easter morning.

The service starts outside by the fire pit. By the light of the Paschal Candle we enter a dark church and see the light of Christ split the darkness. The Easter Light of Christ and love of God dispel the inner and outer darkness such that we can really live – for God, ourselves, and with others – in peace and harmony. Please join us. Come as you are – as one loved by God.  

The Rev. Mark Andrew Jones, BSG

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church Pompano Beach 

 

A Few Thoughts About Passover 2019

Rabbi Noah Kitty

Congregation Etz Chaim

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” is the central question of Passover. It is supposed to be different — the Seder makes you stop and ask questions. Our memory of liberation from Egyptian slavery is chanted and sung, discussed and argued over. It becomes a physical sensation that is also lived as a profound spiritual act. The Passover rituals — clearing the house of leavened products, eating odd foods at a festive meal — are the physical embodiment of the Passover message: a liberation from the self you were, a taste of what your near and far ancestors went through, an act of denial meant to mark the season, and finally to strengthen your connection to your higher power. Hab a zissen Pesach - May you have a Sweet Passover!

 

A Week to Remember

Fr. Joe, OSF – pastor

Sts. Francis & Clare

Palm Sunday begins one of the most sacred and revered times in our

Christian heritage. Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem with great fanfare.

He goes through the week as usual, teaching and being welcomed by

the people. But the leaders of the people have other ideas. He is a

cancer that they want destroyed. Well, you did not succeed and after

all these years he is remembered and you are not.

Christ has risen - thanks be to God.

A Glorious New Life

PastorDeborah Geweke 

Christ Lutheran Church

The week begins triumphantly, with Jesus entering Jerusalem amidst cheers and waving palms. The people’s supposed Savior had arrived. It wasn’t too long, however, a mere day when clouds started rolling in and the excitement of Palm Sunday turned to ruin for Jesus and his followers. For, after a celebratory Passover Seder meal, Jesus was betrayed by one of his own…turned over to a fate that Jesus himself knew was coming. This was Good Friday, the day of his death. Not just any death, but crucifixion by many of his own followers. Christians even today mark these events with prayer and worship. The Good news is that these days do not end in death, but in the glorious resurrection from death of our Lord…who lives and reigns forever that we too might live a glorious new life his.

 

The Reverend Robert G. Trache

Rector and Head of School

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School

The Festival Liturgy for Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year! Christians, everywhere, pull out all the stops and in a global chorus sing our Alleluias!  Easter has always been a celebration of hope and joy.

If you want to see Jesus, see him in your daily life, in the people you love and meet. Look for Jesus in the world. In the face of those you love and serve, you will see Jesus. He died it is true. But God intervened and said “NO” to death and “Yes” to life in Christ. Christianity is neither an institution, nor a movement, but rather a relationship that does not die. It is a message of love for people, all people.

On Easter Sunday when you depart from Church or wherever you will go, go home with that expectation that Jesus lives with you and in you. It is the faith that in every action you do to love another Jesus is present.  Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

REFLECTIONS ON EASTER

Father Bob Caudill

All Saints and Soup Kitchen

 

As a priest now for 30 years this February, my concept of Easter is personal. Christ’s rising did not stop 2,000 years ago.It's still going.  Progressive like time, the resurrection shows itself again and again in lives we touch.People of all faiths transmit, transport, and even transfer a change of life. It is personal for me when housing and feeding the homeless. Hope is a resurrection. In addition, this hope comes out in the people around me that do better in their lives.The family that lived with me a month in the church with children, now working, now going to school, living in a new apartment, resurrected to a new life. For me, resurrection comes through the hands and hopes of people

simple like us, who feed, clothe, and give a place to be with hope.  t is a smile, a kind act, it is in effect LOVE.I wish everyone a "resurrection,” a new beginning. Everyone deserves it and God wants us to be happy. God bless.

 

Father Bob Caudill

All Saints and Soup Kitchen

 

Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.

Senior Pastor

United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

www.UCCFTL.org

Easter – a Lifestyle 

May the Lenten journey have opened our hearts to self-reflection and growth. On Palm Sunday may we have traveled with Jesus as he walked directly in to the heart of political and religious unrest. And today may we, like him, accept the invitation to passionately love God and our neighbor. May we also leave fear and doubt behind as we travel forward. May we choose the invitation to celebrate the divine along our paths and cover the often-rocky roads with gifts of gratitude and thanksgiving. As we gather on Easter Sunday, may we remember Jesus’ example and say yes to faith beyond measure. It is humanly and divinely possible!

 

Easter – a Lifestyle 

May the Lenten journey have opened our hearts to self-reflection and growth. On Palm Sunday may we have traveled with Jesus as he walked directly in to the heart of political and religious unrest. And today may we like him accept the invitation to passionately love God and our neighbor. May we also leave fear and doubt behind as we travel forward. May we choose the invitation to celebrate the divine along our paths and cover the often-rocky roads with gifts of gratitude and thanksgiving.  As we gather on Easter Sunday, may we remember Jesus’ example and say yes to faith beyond measure. It is humanly and divinely possible!

Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.

Senior Pastor

United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

www.UCCFTL.org