He is risen indeed! Alleluia.
The Resurrection of Our Lord is the foundation of our church. It’s interesting to think of a church that way—a foundation of an event, not engineered rock and concrete. Our church is a people, an event. You can think of the church like inert dust spun into the air by a breath or a breeze, suddenly moving and alive.
Except—with the Resurrection, the dust doesn’t fall down to Earth again. It lives. At the Vigil we heard, “Mortal, can these bones live?” Can this dust live? Yes—with a life even more amazing than the one we live now. “For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality…then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”
And if you want to really think about it, let me just recommend this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173656.
Finally, don’t forget about our very brief congregational meeting at coffee hour this Sunday. We will take a quick vote on securing the loan to fix our boiler, and you’ll hear a very brief reminder of our still ongoing capital campaign. We need your pledge!