Christ is risen! Yes, still, and always, but today we journey still in the great Week of weeks, celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord and the invincible hope that is ours, because we are joined to his death and the New Creation in the waters of life and death, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Easter is 49 days long; the 50th day, or in Greek, Pentecost, is next Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church of Jesus Christ, of which the Anglican Communion is one expression. Because it’s Pentecost, and we have two children to be baptized, we will also celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, the beginning of our life in Christ, along with our regular but always special celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the sustaining of our life in Christ.
Another sign of and opportunity for growth as disciples is community study of the Scriptures, often called ‘Bible Study.’ We already have a regular Friday morning study which begins at 10 a.m. and is done by noon, and all are welcome to that; we normally study the scriptures assigned for the coming Sunday, and the conversation is always lively, engaging and respectful. However, you should be warned that we also laugh and great deal, and we always have a time of prayer at the end of our study.
New Evening Bible Study
For those who can’t come during the day, we have a new and exciting offering: Ian Stewart has taken the lead, after consultation with me, in beginning a new evening Bible study this coming Thursday, 24 May, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. here at the Cathedral. Again, all are welcome; it’s not a youth study, or a study for seniors, it’s a Bible study for disciples of all ages and experience in the church. Come if you can, if you’re interested at all, this just might be for you. (NB: If you do come, please be sure to go to the office door to enter the Cathedral.) Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, this church we call St. John’s, and that part of the church which is each one of you who reads this. It will be an adventure for sure; the group will begin with St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Come if you dare! It just might change your life, and it will certainly change our life together. Thanks be to God!