Candy Addict recently posted the Top 10 Candies We Want In Our Easter Basket.
In the spirit of Resurrection, I will share my top 10 Easter Candies for this year:
10. The Chocolate Bunny (but not the Russell Stovers kind–that’s gross. The Reese’s kind. Are you catching a trend?)
9. Snickers Eggs
8. Robin Eggs
7. Jellybelly Jelly Beans
6. Marshmallow Peeps
5. Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs
4. Cadbury Royal Dark Mini Eggs
3. Cadbury Mini Eggs
2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
1. Butterfinger Cream Eggs
I don’t know Ryan. He commented on one of my Easter reflections from last year. He sounds dire:
Please let me end my sufferings, and let my loved ones live happily forever.
I emailed Ryan and he hasn’t responded. I hope that you will pray for him as things sound rough for him right now.
The Asbury 2008 Lent/Easter Reader, Abide, is available online. If you are looking to share in a “community” of reading, please experience this daily reader with the Asbury Seminary Community. Whether or not you are a member of the ATS community or not, we are all a member of the same community, the same Kingdom.
Beware, however, if you are looking for another devotional:
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This is a way for the branches of the vine of Christ to experience the vine together.
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The UMC General Board of Discipleship has some great ideas for preaching the Sundays in Easter.
Interestingly, the article says:
“ Many congregations are not accustomed to sustained celebration. Many pastors who plan worship and preaching make use of the lectionary during the Advent/Christmas cycle and the Lent/Holy Week/Easter cycle, but are ready to follow a different approach when Easter Sunday has come and gone.
We say this as an acknowledgement of the many ways that pastors approach worship and preaching. In no way do we seek to discourage pastors and churches from staying with full use of the lectionary readings each week during Easter. We will continue to post lectionary-based music, preaching, and worship planning helps throughout the Easter season.”
The GBOD offers some suggestions for creating an “extended celebration” of Easter:
- Forget about Easter and work with themes or sermon series, perhaps preaching through a book of the Bible or some portion of it.
- Keep Easter in view but use your own ingenuity in choosing texts around which to plan worship and preaching.
- Plan for worship and preaching a series making use of some of the “natural” connections and progressions in the Revised Common Lectionary. (Click here for the full list of RCL Easter readings, Year C.)
Using the lectionary, you could
- track the Acts readings for a snapshot of the early church (though how you handle Pentacost later will need to come up)
- follow the Revelation readings to “peer into the future.”
- follow the John readings for an “empty tomb postscript”
- or a few other ways including “our history” from the old testament readings
How is your church celebrating the time after Easter?
He Is Risen Indeed!
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Give to your Church, O God, a bold vision and a daring charity, a refreshed wisdom and a courteous understanding, that the eternal message of your Son may be proclaimed as the good news of the age; through him who makes all things new, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
More from today’s morning prayer.
At Easter we find a resurrected Christ. After a contemplative observance of Lent, it seems fair to pray for a sort of resurrection of our own lives–a deliverance from the desert, if you will.
A Prayer by Thomas Merton
from Thoughts in Solitude
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.”
As we leave the desert, Lord, let us rise with Christ having died to the flesh and alive in Him. Forge in us the discipline of discipleship. Create in us the will, desire, and strength to sacrifice for you and seek your face each day. Remind us always of the desert, of Good Friday, and of a Saturday spent in a tomb. We give you glory for a Sunday morning, a stone rolled away, and victory. Amen