Every Sunday, Every Day, Easter Sunday.

Hello Church Family, this is Pastor Phil,

Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, alleluia! 

Easter has come and gone. It was definitely not the usual Easter that any of us are used to in our Church family celebrations. I really missed having our annual Easter breakfast and then our children’s egg hunt. One of my favorite part of Easter Celebrations going all the way back to when I first became a pastor was the children’s egg hunt. I love, every year, seeing all of the little and big kids, dressed up all special running around the church grounds and grabbing brightly colored eggs. 

In my previous parishes we didn’t have an Easter Breakfast like we do at Gethsemane, and I absolutely love seeing all of our church family and their family and friends, all there together sharing some great breakfast food and time with each other. 

And…being in worship together. Every single one of us singing hymns and praise songs, celebrating the miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that resurrection means for us. I missed all of that this year. 

I loved seeing everybody at the church drive through communion service. Together, like that, it felt a little more like Easter.

When we got home, Shi spread out all of the Easter eggs we had as a family on the patio and the kids ran around like crazy people trying to find them. It was good and we had a lot of fun. 

My son, Philip, said something to me on Holy Saturday. He was concerned that it wasn’t going to feel like Easter because we weren’t going to be able to do all of our normal things. He’s right; it was a strange, good and wonderful day for so many reasons, but strange, yes. 

But I have to remember that the strangeness doesn’t take away from the reality of what we are celebrating on Easter Sunday and how we celebrate all year round. 

For Christians, every Sunday is Easter Sunday. 

Sure, we don’t always sing Easter hymns, or do egg hunts, or gorge ourselves on chocolate (we’ll maybe more on the chocolate). Every Sunday doesn’t have an Easter Bunny, and we don’t all get dressed up in our special Easter outfits or have a special family meal. But even without all of those wonderful things, every Sunday is still Easter Sunday. 

Because all of those wonderful activities and events are part of HOW we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, they are not WHAT we are celebrating. I want to say that again. 

All of our wonderful Easter activities and events are only HOW we celebrate, not WHAT we celebrate. Even when we don’t have those wonderful activities around, the WHAT of our Easter Celebration remains the same, unchanged. 

For Christians, every Sunday, is Easter Sunday. 

That means that not only Easter Sunday is Easter Sunday, but every Sunday is Easter Sunday, because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter is the reason why we worship Him, and Him alone. We do this every Sunday and not only on Sunday, but every day of the year. Every day is Easter Sunday because every day, every moment, every life, has been, and has the opportunity to be, eternally changed by the new life that never ends, given to us in faith because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

So, even though this past Sunday maybe for most or all of us didn’t feel like Easter, it was, and every day and every Sunday after until next year’s Easter day comes along, will be as well. 

Please remember, because of Jesus, every Sunday is Easter Sunday. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, alleluia! 

Published by philipmcclelland.org

​I am a recovering burned out workaholic​ who forgot I couldn't change the world. From the ashes of that not only have I found a peace from God that I never knew but a focus on what matters, God, family and loving my neighbor as God has loved me. My burning out experiences really drive my writing and how much I want to share all of the good God has worked through the hurt I've experienced. Currently I serve a great little parish in Northern Ohio with my wonderful family and our furry farm of five dogs, four cats and the oddball handful of fish. You can find me at www.philipmcclelland.org.

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