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St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church

Vancouver,  B.C.

Diocese of New Westminster

Anglican Church of Canada

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Worship Times

 

Sunday Eucharist

10:30 am

 

Contemplative

Eucharist

Wednesday 7:00 pm

 

Centering Prayer

Thursday 2:00 pm

Sermon

March 31st Easter Vigil, 2018                                          John Marsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus dies but, almost all continue… 

 

The disciples are frightened, shaken but, they continue…

 

The women observe the crucifixion but, they continue…

 

As traumatic as the death of Jesus was, in general, life continues pretty much as it had before…

 

Which is to say - we are a resilient people…

 

We can absorb serious blows and get back up…

 

We can withstand just about anything and survive…

 

We can continue to live although not without fears, tears, and regrets …

 

We are a resilient people and, given the vagaries of life, our resilience is a gift which is good news given the forces up against us…

 

However, to be honest, resilience is nevertheless a passive process – we survive, we hang on…

 

But, perhaps, resurrection is different, a different expression…

 

Perhaps, resurrection is not life hanging on, merely continuing, despite the knocks…

 

Perhaps, resurrection concerns life lived in particular ways…

 

The glory of god is not all creatures alive but, all creatures fully alive

 

(An aside: The glory of god is not so much our experience of a state of divine being as it is a haunting, a spectral draw, the lure of possibilities stirring within possibilities of an event, events stirring within the phrase the glory of god, stirring within possibilities of response.)

 

Resurrection, if it is anything, is an active, regenerative process – a regenerative process which invites participation in the process of maximizing life’s creativity…

 

If we have faith in resurrection – or perhaps even if we don’t – we are invited to respond to a call of spirit and risk fully coming to life…

 

So, what would it mean for us, for each and all of us, to become fully alive?

 

Jesus lives!

 

The question is - will we?

 

 

 

 

 

Re: the lighting of the fire

 

Fire is paradox…

 

It’s heat wonderful…unless you’re burnt…

 

It’s light revealing…unless its glare blinds…

 

It’s destructive and to be avoided…unless there is something which needs to end…

 

It dispels darkness…unless the shadows hold the hope of your healing…

 

Come let’s walk into the shadow of death with flickering light…

 

By the way, it’s ok to be afraid but you need not be paralyzed…

 

Come let’s walk…