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Easter Day, 2010, Year C (Luke 24:1-12) Friends: For those of you who were unable to attend Easter Day services at Trinity, and for those who have asked for a copy, here is my Easter Day sermon. May it serve to remind us that Easter is more than just one day. Easter is more than a 50-day season. It is an ongoing way of being and doing.
t seems like the whole world changed overnight. It seems like
just last week, the skies were gray and it was cold outside. But then, everything changed. The daffodils popped out of the ground. The breezes blew warm. The trees began to vibrate with green buds. Last week, while we at Trinity had church services that remembered Jesus’ dark journey toward the Cross, the streets outside were filled with life. People in shorts and flip-flops, musicians playing drums and saxophones on the street. Bicycles and happy dogs on leashes. Life is a curious thing - It seemed to escape overnight and splash all over everything.
Easter is another part of life that seems to make people curious. Perhaps it’s the church services we’ve been living for the past week. With Jesus, we’ve had the last supper. We’ve heard stories of crucifixions. We’ve walked with Jesus on his way to the Cross. We’ve washed each others’ feet — that’s a pretty curious thing to do. Maybe it’s the clothes that make people curious — the new suits, the new dresses, the big Easter bonnets. Maybe it’s the Easter egg hunts. Who knows? Maybe it’s the Seder meals, the stories of Passover, the new flames of the Easter Vigil, the beautiful full moon that initiates the beginning of our celebration. These are all really good reasons to awe and wonder. I can’t put my finger on it specifically, but there’s something about Easter that scratches at the door of our deepest curiosities. Peter might have said the same thing. Just last week, he had denied Jesus three times. “I don’t know the man,” he said. But now, these women are standing in front of him saying the most amazing thing. They strike out early to find the body of Jesus in his sealed tomb,
but he’s not there. “He’s already out in the world, doing his thing,” the angels say. The rest of the disciples think the story is nonsense, but Peter is curious. Our Gospel tells us that “Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened” (John 24:12). This is how we end our Gospel today, with Peter scratching his head. Today, Easter Day, as we gather together as the curious people of God, we are a lot like Peter. We have experienced some pretty incredible things in life. We have seen stuff that doesn’t add up. We have felt things that we can’t point a finger to. We have put our trust in something, and we pray to God that it is real. So we have come here today to see if we can get some proof. Like Peter, we are sticking our head in to see if this whole resurrection thing might just be real. There’s just one problem: We’ll never know for certain. The Crucifixion is accepted as historical fact. A man named Jesus died on the Cross, after having been condemned by the Roman emperor, Pilate. Scholars don’t really argue this. The resurrection? That’s a different story. The resurrection is the one and only event in Jesus’ life that was entirely between him and God. There were no witnesses whatsoever. No CONTINUED on next page
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one on earth can say what happened inside that tomb, because no one was there. They all arrived after the fact. Two of them saw clothes. One of them saw angels. Most of them saw nothing at all because they were still in bed that morning, but as it turns out that does not matter because the empty tomb [is] not the point.1 The point is that Jesus is too big for the tomb. The point is that God is too big for the tomb. The point is that life is not meant to be spent in a tomb. The angels said to the ladies, “Jesus is not here. Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” In other words, the point of the resurrection is not death, it’s life. Jesus does not do his work among the dead. Jesus does his work among the living, which is what we are called to do. Maybe the reason that Easter day is so curious for people is because it makes us look at life and how we’re living it. The message of Easter turns life upside down. It changes the rules. Experience teaches that death wins. Experience teaches that even the strongest succumb to it. Experience teaches that life is what you make it, so get what you can while you can because it will be over soon enough. But the Easter message says, “Really? How can you be so sure?”2 Death is real, but it is not final. In Jesus, life gets the last word. Maybe this is why you and me and Peter have come to check things out today. We’ve come to see if God just might intend for life to be different. The great theologian and Benedictine nun, Joan Chittister, says this of the Easter experience: … we have been preparing for six weeks to answer this … momentous question: Will we ourselves, touched by Jesus, now rise and do life differently?” Wouldn’t you agree that there are a few places in our lives that could stand to be different? Wouldn’t you
agree that there are places in our world that could stand to be different? The curious thing about Easter is that it gives us the opportunity to do things differently. In the risen Christ, we have been empowered to step out of the dark places into the light. We have been given permission to go out into the sunshine and be better, happier, healthier people. We have been allowed to move from the ultimate fear to the ultimate hope: that death is not the end — that the life given to us in God is stronger. So, today, the day of resurrection, will we rise and do life differently? Or, more importantly, will we make life different for those who need it most? Do we turn life around for those who have no place to be, nowhere to go? Do we make life livable for those who see no reason to live? Living life and giving life away — this is the curious thing about the resurrection. Living life and giving life away — this is what Jesus did for us. Easter is a most curious day, Jesus walked out of a tomb, but nobody was there to see it. A group of women told a group of men a story about an empty tomb, some discarded clothes, and angels. “Any way you look at it, that is a mighty fragile beginning for a religion that has lasted almost 2000 years.”3 But here we are. A one-hundred year old church filled with curious people, 2000 years after the fact, looking into an empty tomb. But nobody’s in there. When will we ever learn? Our ministry isn’t among the dead. It’s among the living. So let’s get to it. Let’s live the life God has given us to live. Our Lord is already way ahead of us. Overnight, life has changed, and there’s a lot of life that needs our attention. With thanks to Barbara Brown Taylor Craig R. Koester, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary St. Paul, MN 3 With thanks to Barbara Brown Taylor 1 2
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ave the heart of a teacher? Not sure? Come and see! On May 10, current and interested Sunday school teachers will gather in the Trinity library at 7 p.m. for an informational meeting of conversation and inquiry. Included is a discussion of the curriculum and a “how to” for becoming more involved in children’s spiritual formation. Newcomers and first-time teachers are welcome and encouraged. Childcare is available upon request. Interested? Questions? Contact Danica, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention High School Seniors
re you graduating from high school this year? Parents, do you have a child or know someone who is graduating from high school? Please send to Danica the person’s full name, high school, and post-graduation plans. A special presentation will be made during the 9 a.m. service on May 16 to honor our young people and their achievement.
Spiritual Formation volunteers to be recognized
ay 16 is Spiritual Formation Sunday. During the 9 a.m. service we will acknowledge teachers, leaders and students who have made spiritual formation part of their ministry this year.
Summer schedule starts May 23
Sunday: 7:45 a.m., 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist 11:15 a.m., Lemonade on the Lawn (no Forum or Sunday School) Wednesday: 7 a.m., 12:15 p.m., Holy Eucharist Thursday: 5:15 p.m. Canterbury Holy Eucharist
A mission trip to Bloomington: 2010’s alternative to VBS! Submitted by Alex May ave the dates of July 26 to Aug. 1. In place of our “traditional” Vacation Church School program, children will be serving the community of Bloomington with a variety of mission projects and “random acts of kindness.” The congregations of First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church will come together and take a mission trip to serve our local area. Our final destination on this mission trip will wrap up with a pool party at Bryan Park pool on Aug. 1 from 7:30–9:30 p.m. Fasten your seat belts, you won’t want to miss this ride! It’s different. It’s for everyone. It’s an opportunity to SERVE. All ages and skill levels welcome! Keep watching for more details.
Family fun day coming in May
aycross Fun is Coming! Families, Children, Caregivers, Teachers and Those Who Love Them: Join together for fun and fellowship at Waycross on Saturday, May 29, from 2–8 p.m. Cost is $10 per family for the day. Families may make this an overnight adventure and stay in one of the cabins. Cost for Saturday, lodging, and Sunday morning is only $20 per family. Activities for all ages, rain or shine! Registration forms are available on-line, in the church office, or by e-mailing Danica, ddonofrio@ trinitybloomington.org. The deadline for registration is May 3.
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Trinity kids anxiously await the beginning of the great Easter Egg hunt. Left to right: Dominic, Caelan, Charlotte, Teagan, Lana, and Ellie.
Diocesan journal reveals Trinity’s early days by Nancy Rayfield uring a recent trip to the Indianapolis diocese, Nancy Rayfield uncovered more clues to the early days at Trinity. The following excerpts regarding our beginnings are from 1909–1910, Journal of the Diocese of Indiana, V. 1906–1910.
From the Bishop’s Address to the Convention, May 1909 “With but few changes among the clergy, the work of the Diocese has been carried on steadily and faithfully. The vacancy at Bloomington has been supplied by the appointment of the Rev. William Burrows, and the Rev. Alsop Leffingwell has succeeded the Rev. Neville in the rectorship of St. Paul’s Church, New Albany. A resident Priest has been placed at Columbus, the Rev. J.E. Revington-Jones, who is attempting also to inaugurate work at Seymour. The chief accomplishments of the year have been the raising of a fund of about $10,000 for a church at Bloomington, and the building of rectories at Columbus and Bedford. Half of the sum for the Bloomington church was contributed by the General Board of Missions from the Missionary Thank Offering, and manifests its sense of the importance of the Church’s work in university towns. The balance has been raised in Bloomington. Building operations have begun, but $5,000 additional will be required to complete the church. I commend this undertaking to the generous laity of the Diocese in the hope and confidence that they will recognize the necessity and the high value of the effort being made to help and influence young men and women during the formative and difficult years of their university career. The Mission in Bloomington stands alone among the Missions of the Diocese in the scope of its work and opportunity. Students are gathered here from all parts of the State and from more distant places. Whatever is accomplished by the Church in Bloomington will be not local, but general; the benefit will be reaped by all. This work, therefore, makes a special appeal to every churchman in the State and particularly to parents who desire their sons and daughters to be surrounded with the high and holy influence which the Church exerts and fosters.”
May 18, 1910, From the Bishop’s address to the Convention “At Bloomington, the beautiful new stone Church has been completed and dedicated to the worship of Almighty God. It supplies a long-felt need, and is destined, we believe, to become a strong factor in the religious life of the community. Its cost was about fifteen thousand dollars. There is a mortgage of four thousand dollars. The local congregation is not strong enough to meet this debt alone; it will need help, which I hope will be generously given by Churchmen throughout the diocese because Trinity Church, Bloomington, is, in a peculiar sense, a diocesan Church. It is there to minister; not to a settled congregation but to the young men and women who, coming from all parts of the state, are students in the State University.” Parochial Report, May, 1910 [The Parochial Report, established by The Episcopal Church (ECUSA) Constitution and Canons, “is a tool for the collection of data that is intended to assist the Church in planning for mission.” It’s a numerical description of the church.] BLOOMINGTON—TRINITY CHURCH Rev. William Burrows, Vicar., U. H. Smith, Clerk and Treasurer. Families and parts of families, 32. Number of souls, 80. Baptized persons, 73. Baptisms: Adults, 1. Confirmed, 3. Marriages, 1. Communicants: Number last reported, 54; added by confirmation, 3; total gain, 3; lost by removal, 2; total loss, 2; present number, males, 21; females, 34. Total, 55. Public Services—Sundays: Holy Communion, 33; other services, 64; other days: Holy Communion, 33; other services, 47; total number of services, 193. Guilds and Societies, 2; number of members, 40. Receipts Offerings, $451.60; pledges, subscriptions and donations, $27; Sunday School offerings, $27.17; Woman’s Auxiliary, $20; Other guilds and societies, $742.54; all other receipts, $28.65; total receipts, $1,306.96. Expenditures Parochial: Current expenses, $602.47; Sunday School, $5.98; on account of debt, $385.19; all other objects, $248.65; total parochial, $1,242.29. Diocesan: Diocesan Fund, $24. Missions, $47.99; all other objects, $4; total Diocesan, $75.99. General—Missions, $32.73; grand total of expenditures, $1,351.00. Indebtedness, $4,026.22. Value of church property, $21,200.00
Special service to close year-long celebration by Topics staff special centennial service and dinner will be held on Sunday, May 23, in recognition of Trinity’s first 100 years. A special celebration will take place during the 10 a.m. service. A Sunday dinner will follow in the Great Hall at 11:15 a.m., with music provided by Bob Stright. All are invited to attend. Invitations have been issued to special friends of Trinity. “We think of the event as a homecoming,” said Chris Johns, chairperson of the Centennial Committee. “We wanted to extend invitations to friends we’ve not seen in a while, special community partners, former leaders — all who have helped shape the church we have today.” The dinner is free; however, RSVPs are strongly recommended so that the committee can prepare. If you are attending, contact Janet Brinkworth at (812) 336-4466 or email@example.com.
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Book Review The following book reviews are not necessarily the opinion of Trinity Episcopal Church. To submit a book review, please see the section about Trinit y Topics, pg. 7.
THE FIRST PAUL: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon, by Marcus J. Borg, and John Dominic Crossan (2009). New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-06143072-5 (224 pp.) plus notes (1 p.) (six citations) and scriptural citations (4 pp.).
his is a wonderful book about the writings of St. Paul. I admit that I have a Paul bias and also a Borg and Crossan bias, so it is no surprise that I am impressed with this book. Most mainstream scholars sort Paul’s 13 letters into three categories; those definitely written by Paul; those definitely NOT written by Paul; and those about which authorship is uncertain. This book is about the seven letters regarded by most scholars as genuinely written by Paul: Romans, I and II Corinthians, Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon. The first three chapters present important information to equip the reader with skills for reading Paul’s works. The last three chapters address the critical themes of Paul’s Trinity Episcopal Church
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Gospel and his theology, which enlarged and solidified as Paul grew in his faith. Borg and Crossan refer to the author of these genuine letters as the “radical Paul.” These letters written by the genuine Paul are the radical, fundamental, or basic Paul. This is the Paul who was forever changed on the road to Damascus. He was a man who saw Christ and received from him his apostolic mandate. He perceived the fundamental message of the Christ and tried to convey it to Jews and, more successfully, to Gentiles. This “first Paul” is the Paul who, like Jesus, challenged the existing political and religious powers and eventually, like Jesus, paid for his labors with his life. This is a thrilling book about a remarkable man and his thinking, presented by two exceptional scholars. It is a worthy portrayal of the radicalness of Paul’s gospel and is a joy to read. As you can tell, I am very enthusiastic about this book. —review courtesy of Barbara Bloom
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Giving comes full circle with Homeward Bound Walk by Jennifer Lloyd rinity members look forward to the Homeward Bound Walk each year as an opportunity to come together and support local agencies fighting homelessness. This year, the walk became even more meaningful to many of us, as an opportunity to strengthen our connections with the Monroe County Circles™ Initiative. Trinity and Circles partnered to form a team for the Walk that included more than 60 people—30 or more from each institution. Team members shared lunch before the event, and afterward, Trinity supplied ice cream, and Circles Leaders supplied hundreds of homemade cookies for the Ice Cream Social that celebrated the walk while providing dessert for homeless guests at the Sunday Community Dinner. The Circles™ Initiative is the local incarnation of a national program that empowers people in poverty to help solve community problems while transitioning out of poverty themselves. The participants, or Circle Leaders, are individuals or families with low income who strive to meet their household needs on a consistent basis and learn to become self-sufficient. Circle Leaders commit to 18 months or more in the program, which starts with an 18-week formal curriculum in which they perform self- and community-assessments, set personal goals, and develop strategies for lifting themselves from poverty. Later, they are paired with Circle Allies— middle-class community members who form supportive friendships with the Leaders and help them figure out how to accomplish their goals. Trinity first became involved with Circles through the meal ministry program. Once a month, Trinity members prepare dinner for the weekly Circles meeting at St. Mark’s PAGE
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Volunteers from Trinity and Circles partnered to form a Homeward Bound team that included more than 60 people.
United Methodist Church. From the time we started cooking in Fall 2008, regular volunteers have witnessed the growth of the Circles Initiative and the commitment of the Leaders to make positive changes not only in their own lives, but in the community around them. We saw this commitment close to home last December, when Circles approached Trinity and asked to volunteer at a church clean-up day. Circles Volunteer Coordinator Genese Parker explained that the Leaders wanted a tangible way to demonstrate their appreciation for Trinity’s support. Circles Leaders worked with the Trinity’s Buildings and Grounds Committee to clean the sanctuary in preparation for Christmas services. A second clean-up day is being discussed for later this spring. After volunteering for each other, it was an exciting next step for Trinity and Circles to partner in support of the greater community through the
Homeward Bound Walk and Ice Cream Social. The Circles Leaders’ responded enthusiastically to Trinity’s suggestion that they bring cookies for the Social and the guests at the Sunday Community Dinner—they brought so many cookies that there were still dozens left over for a future meal. “For a long time, our Circles Leaders have been in the position of having to take and take from other people,” observed Circles Coach Linda Patton. “They don’t often get the opportunity to give back. But it’s important to them that they do give back when they can – and when it happens, it can be life-changing.” To learn more about the Circles Initiative or find out about becoming a Circles Ally, visit www.insccap.org. or contact Circles Director Bonnie Vesely (email@example.com) or Linda Patton (firstname.lastname@example.org). To get involved with Trinity’s meal ministry to Circles, contact Jennifer Lloyd, email@example.com. Trinity Topics
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UTO boxes now available in pews everywhere by Kris Frampton nited Thank Offering ingathering is a semi-annual event at Trinity. The fund addresses compelling needs through grants to projects that alleviate poverty, and mission projects both globally and locally. Your joyfully given offerings placed in blue UTO boxes, or slim paper envelopes, are a year-round way to show your thanks for all our blessings, give back, and make a difference. Last Fall, our parish raised a record amount! New boxes and envelopes are now available in your pew, to be brought forward at service offerings May 16. To address your further curiosity, check out UTO in your browser, or ecusa.anglican.org
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Bens relax after Homeward Bound. Left to right, Ben May, Ben Meaden, Ben Williams, and Ben Brabson ABOVE:
Esther Briddell and Eleanor Lloyd pose with Lenten Blankets, blessed on Sunday, April 25, at the 9 a.m. service. The blankets, made by a group organized by Briddell, will be donated to the Healthy Families Initiative at The Villages, where they will be shared with families in need.
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Three people participated in confirmation on April 24 at St. Paul’s in Columbus. Photographed with Bishop Cate (left) are Landon Peck (confirmed), Steve Martin (received), Carol Wise (reaffirmed)
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