Sunday Prayers will be live-streamed to Facebook. The service will begin at 9:30, after some music from our organist, Peter. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see the live-stream–just click on the link!
The order of service is available here, allowing you to follow along from home.
Easter II has sometimes been called “Low Sunday”–a time when many relax after the busy-ness of Holy Week, and when some folk attend the Church of the Holy Mattress. The truth is, it’s a pretty fabulous Sunday! It marks the end of the Easter Octave (the eight days comprising the first week of Easter, and a celebration of God’s re-creating work in the resurrection). On this Sunday we always hear about Jesus appearing to the disciples, re-gathered in the upper room on the evening of the Day of Resurrection, about the gift of the Holy Spirit, and of Thomas both doubting and believing.
Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about the Second Sunday of Easter.
The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.