Let’s come together to make an Eastertide tradition | Worship

By Pastor Joan Beck | Apr 12, 2017

The days lengthen, trees on the boulevard turn pink, flowers push out of the ground, walkers stroll in the evening, bikes descend from rafters, kids get antsy in school, and although there is still rain, it feels softer somehow. It must be spring in Mukilteo!

With spring in this hemisphere, Easter invariably arrives, the Christian faith’s celebration that Jesus rose from death. This is our truth and hope, even on dreariest days: Jesus died on the cross and on the third day was raised. Not because of anything we did or didn’t do, but simply as God’s “Yes!” for the way of Jesus and his love.

Good news usually begets more good news, and this is no exception. The Church actually celebrates Easter for not one but 50 days. “Eastertide” continues from April 16 to June 4 this year. It is celebrated as a single, joyful feast. Each Sunday of the season is treated as an Easter Sunday.

We have lovely traditions commemorating Easter Sunday: an Easter egg symbolizes the empty tomb; an Easter lily suggests glorious new life; and the refrain “Alleluia!” – or “Praise the Lord! – fills the air.

Do we need to develop some celebratory traditions for the 50 days of Eastertide? Perhaps we can create a new way of celebrating as an entire community.

Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church in Mukilteo, 5425 Harbour Pointe Blvd., is flinging its doors open to the entire community. We’ve invited the Total Experience Gospel Choir to sing for all of us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

This Seattle choir embodies the spirit of Eastertide. They’ve spread their message of joy and enthusiasm through at least 30 states and 22 countries.

The concert, just like the message of the Risen Jesus, is free and for everyone – all ages, genders, creeds, races, ethnicities, and degrees of ableness. There is ADA parking at the church and overflow parking at Kamiak High School. Hearing assistance devices are available.

After Jesus rose from the dead, he came to meet with his friends. They were scared; the last time they’d seen him he was dying. Now, living, he visited with them as the true and loyal friend he is, comforting their fears and giving them ways to carry out his love in their walk on earth.

The message of the Total Experience Gospel Choir is Jesus’ message: He is alive and we are not alone.

We will listen to music together and then, thanks to generous Mukilteo businesses, we will share treats – hurray, Dairy Queen and QFC. Our goodwill offerings and a grant from Thrivent Financial Services will support the choir and also the church’s Packs for Kids program, through which we provide supplementary food for 72 school children each weekend.

The hands of many from Pointe of Grace and Boy Scout Troop 189 will organize this event.

In a society that likes to party for much less, we like to celebrate the Risen Lord for all 50 days. Our celebration is for everyone, not just those who believe. We celebrate what Jesus preached and taught: All are welcome; come as you are. Broken and blessed, everyone can partake of the good news of the joy and healing of Easter just by being themselves, however they happen to be – physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Please, come as you are. Kick back and listen to the music, eat a sweet treat, meet your neighbor – no pressure. The Total Experience Gospel Choir sings a message of hope, acceptance, love and joy. It’s a message for everyone, for always, lifted up this Eastertide.

 

Joan Beck is a pastor of Pointe of Grace, a Mukilteo worship site of Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information about the Lutheran church, go to www.pointeofgrace.org.

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