Alleluia. Christ is risen!
How fitting for a community that proclaims in its service bulletin each week, “A community dedicated to loving, not judging, respecting the dignity of every human being”. For if we fully enter into the journey of Holy Week, everything we need know about ‘love’, and God is love, is modeled by our Lord Jesus Christ. Especially during the three days immediately preceding Easter, the Holy Triduum, the characteristics of love framed by the Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Corinthians are modeled in the flesh by the one who loved us and gave his life for us. Love is patient, kind, not envious…it does not insist on its own way, is not resentful and does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but in truth. It hopes and endures in all things. Love (God) never fails!
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.” My friends, the world we live in is ever changing and troubled. So, we too find ourselves, each one of us, troubled, frustrated, hurt and suffering from time to time, bearing our own cross. However, as disciples, through the Paschal mystery, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death and raised with him to newness of life. “So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Saint Teresa of Avila summed it up beautifully when she said, “We find God in ourselves, and we find ourselves in God.” Then the Fruits of the Spirit abound; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I invite you to join with me this Holy Week to walk with Jesus and on Good Friday, lay your disappointments, fears, anxieties, anger, grudges or whatever cross you bear at the foot of the cross of the one who loved you first, and died so you might live!
As your priest, I pray that St. Francis grows as a community where the hope and promise of our baptism and Easter might be ‘made real’ to the people with whom we live, work, play and worship. As a community of disciples, may we all pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit our lives always bear witness to the gift of God’s grace and the power of Christ’s love. The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!
In passage with Him.
A Mother's Day Message from Father Michael
In The Episcopal Church, we strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
New worship location and time starting October 7!
8:30 am Holy Eucharist Service
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Road
Charleston, SC 29414