Proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ

From the Bishop: Easter Message

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –

 

This Easter edition of, The Nebraska Episcopalian comes with deep hope and real prayers that your Easter Day and season may be joyful and complete with the knowledge and experience of the risen Christ in your life.

 

Throughout the parishes of the Diocese of Nebraska, Christ’s Resurrection will be remembered and celebrated in countless and wonderful ways.  Our liturgical practice will cover the gamut from the soaring sounds of our grandest choirs in our biggest cities, to the shared, warm, Peace-time hugs of the gathered membership in our smallest rural church.  There will undoubtedly be some fancy, long and fabulous Easter Morning sermons, as well as a some short and humble morning meditations.  The feasts after the Feast will include fancy catered affairs in some spots, and simple (but delicious!) family potlucks in others.  It’s all beautiful.  It’s all good.  It’s all straight from the sincere hearts of the people of our Episcopal Church in Nebraska.

 

And behind it all is the hope that keeps us coming back week after week and year after year.  The hope that this ancient story – so far removed in many ways from our own lives in this very particular here and now – is in fact true.  Not just as an inspirational tale to bring some modest comfort, or teach some good lesson for living, but actually and factually true in the most concrete and real-life way.  Jesus was crucified, died and was buried.  On the third day, he rose again.

 

You get decide, you know.  At the end of the day, no one else gets to decide for you.  The claim of the Church through the ages resounds again in this bright and shining season:  Christ is Risen from the dead!  Come join our celebration.  Choose to believe!

 

Faithfully Yours in Christ –

 

+ Bishop Barker

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