2017 Easter SERMON SERIES: Becoming
Historically, the Great Fifty Days of Easter (Easter Season) were far more important to the church than the 40 days of Lent. The 50-day period of rejoicing dates back to the second century. We don’t know when or why the shift to concentrating on Lent occurred, or why so many churches continue to put stress on Lent but not on the Easter season ... especially in today’s world! It seems like we need an extended season of rejoicing ... maybe even more than a season of penitence.
This year, our Easter Season series includes two three-week miniseries: Awakening (April 23-May 7), which focused on the meaning and grounding of ministry, Holy Communion, baptism; and now Becoming (May 14-28), which focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings and becoming one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the power of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus. The series culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning people into the ministries to which they are called.
Becoming … One with Christ (May 14)
Becoming … One with Each Other (May 21)
Becoming … One in Ministry (May 28 )