Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are an Easter people. Alleluia is our song!
These words, or something like it, are attributed to St Augustine of Hippo. Such words of the early church can still ring true of us today. Perhaps these words are increasingly important as we face the current challenge of COVID-19.
To have Holy Week and Easter Day in the midst of the current crisis stands as a testimony that love and hope do not depart from life, but can be ever present no matter what. On Good Friday we commemorated Jesus Passion, his complete self-giving for the sins of the whole world, including our own.
Today we celebrate his triumph over death, that life cannot be completely destroyed, that there is hope which springs eternal. Today we have an opportunity to re-commit ourselves in that hope. Whether you are watching our Easter worship or other Easter worship at home, or simply reading through the Liturgy in this Bulletin,, we can all make a recommitment of our faith and a personal commitment to Christ. We can promise to love our neighbour, meet in spirit for worship and take actions in our lives akin to a living faith and know that the risen Christ is present.
Let us continue to rejoice in the presence of our risen Lord as we journey through this time of Easter.
Wishing you all the blessings for the season.
With our love and prayers, Fr Ian, Allison and family.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.