Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Flowers

 
 The message of Easter is one of resurrection, renewal and rebirth. We celebrate this great festival as winter turns to Spring. Those who first sought to integrate Christian faith into already existing festivals found fertile ground and symbolism in this season of new beginnings.

We know the Easter story. Jesus travels to Jerusalem where He is at first welcomed, then rejected and then betrayed. Following a week of lies, torture and injustice, He is sentenced to crucifixion. He dies in agony on Golgotha's hill, abandoned by even His disciples, some of whom flee for their lives.

Jesus had taught His disciples “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24) On Easter morning the unimaginable happens. The tomb is empty. The realization of resurrection impacts those who had been closest to Him. The message begins to be declared. “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!”

We meet on Maundy Thursday evening, around a table laid with bread and wine, to recall the connection between Jesus and Passover. He speaks of His body being broken and His blood poured out to establish a new covenant of love. He washes His disciples feet to indicate that love and service were two sides of the same coin.

Early Easter Sunday morning, we gather to greet the rising sun and remember the promises of God. Later that day we meet to sing Easter hymns and celebrate. The hope of resurrection is all around us in this special time of the year. Even the Easter flowers can speak to us, as this poem seeks to share....

“What Wants to be Born In You, Beloved?”
(A poem by Hollie Holden)
I have become grateful for the moments when I remember to stop,
In order to listen to what the earth has to tell me.
This morning it was a flower who took me by surprise and shared her secrets with me.

She told me of her journey. How it began in darkness,
In the quiet, cool embrace of the quiet, generous earth.
She told me how the light called to her, and how, slowly but solidly,
She began to unfold towards the simple inevitability of her calling.

She told me of the exquisite cracking-open of all she knew herself to be;
The opening that felt like death until she realized it was her birth.

And then, with her open petals, she asked me
In the way only a full-bloomed flower can ask,
“What wants to be born in you, beloved?
What does the light want to call into being
From the quiet, generous earth that waits patiently,
In the cave of your heart?”

For some music, a reflection on the song “You Raise Me Up”.
May we be aware of Easter blessings all around as we celebrate holy week!

EASTER SERVICES AT MOUNT HEBRON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Maundy Thursday Communion Service @ 7:00 pm
(Preceded by Meal in Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm)

Easter Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater 6:30 am

Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary 10:00 am.

The Reverend Adrian J Pratt B.D.

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