On the Resurrection of our Lord and an Easter Appeal for Buckets of Rain
Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends,
The Easter promise is clear: in Christ sin and death, destruction and decay, are conquered. What has been torn down shall be raised up and that which has grown old shall be made new. What a joyous message to hear and to proclaim! While death may be all around, life shall win out.
But how does this glorious truth become reality? Through the committed efforts of women and men like you.
Every time we shoulder the task of building up another, we lay siege to the powers of destruction and death. Every time we speak the word of forgiveness and grace to another, we wash away the stain of sin and brokenness. Every time we empower another to fulfill the potential that is uniquely theirs, we sprinkle the waters of life upon a dry and parched world. This is our work, not only as a Christian community, but as individual disciples of Christ who first showed us the way. It is through our lives that we build up the beautiful kingdom which Easter proclaims.
As you remember again the Easter promise, and even more the gift and joy of life in Christ, I encourage you to make an impact with your Easter Offering. This year, the entirety of our Easter Offering at Christ Church, and every dollar received on Easter Day, will be dedicated to supporting the work of Buckets of Rain. Since 2012, Buckets of Rain has committed itself to the transformation of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit and Highland Park through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots. In five short years, they have re-purposed 30 blighted lots into food production, and grown or provided hundreds of thousands of servings of vegetables, free of charge, to our partners and neighbors. Through their work and education efforts, Buckets of Rain diminishes urban blight, rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods, brings fresh vegetables into the neighborhoods, and feeds the homeless.
I invite and encourage you to join Christ Church as we make a visible sign of our commitment to raise up what has been cast down and make new what has grown old!
With gratitude to you for your generosity and support, and to the one who makes all things new,
The Rev’d Andrew Van Culin, Rector
An Easter Prayer
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.