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Agape: Credits and Acknowledgements

Agape: The 2020 Lenten Devotional for St. Paul's Episcopal Church

I freely admit that the devotionals I put together are a labor of love, but they are also a team effort.

The picture at the top of each devotion on here was taken by Josh Applegate, a photographer from northern Colorado. I found it on the website Unsplash, which provides pictures that photographers have uploaded for others to use.

My deepest thanks to my writing team: Ashley Sweeney, Barb Cheyney, Bob Johnson, Bonnie Schuh, Cathey Frederick, Kathy Fleck (Sister Katherine, OSB), Keith Axberg, Lara Cole, Marilyn Allen, Mary Ann Taylor, Michael Boss, Fr. Paul Moore, Sandy McDougall, Tom Worrell, and Vicki Wesen.

All Scripture passages used are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) unless otherwise specified.

Blessings to you and happy Easter!
-Jen McCabe

Worship: April 12, 2020 (Easter Sunday)

While you are waiting for worship to start, go find some Easter eggs!

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Worship Instructions
1. Be prepared for communion.
2. Dress in some finery for the Zoom service.
3. Listen for the honorable mention in the Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter Sunday 2020

Agape: April 12, 2020

Agape: The 2020 Lenten Devotional for St. Paul's Episcopal Church

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”-1 Corinthians 13:13

We introduced this Lenten Meditation series naming some of the anxiety that is floating in our world, and what the Church has to offer—agape love that comes not from within the world but beyond it, a love so profound that it gives itself for the good of the world.
We have just relived the story about that love, how Jesus suffered, was crucified and died for us, that we might live. Today, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the power of that love to overcome all the anxiety in the world and come out on top. But it’s more than just winning a boxing match with evil. The resurrection is the great vindication of love, proof that love does have the final word, no matter what the world around us might be telling us. The hope of the Christian is precisely this. We know that God is healing and restoring the world, even bit by bit, in spite of all the setbacks and losses, and that we, you and I, have tasted of that healing and restoration and are now sharing in the work.

That work is internal. St. Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God, and the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7.) The risen Christ offers us peace that passes all understanding, peace rooted in his resurrection, something that lets us stand apart from the anxious situations in the world that would otherwise drag us down into despair.

That work is external. When Jesus cleanses the temple (Matt 21, Mark 11 and John 2,) he was not just incensed at the irreverence of the situation. The temple authorities charged the temple tax in Jewish coin, and pilgrims from around the Roman Empire had to change their foreign currencies into the acceptable currency. Money changers regularly gouged exchange rates unfairly. He was fighting to heal and restore the temple as a house of prayer for all nations so that God’s peaceful kingdom might reign on the earth. The resurrection gives us a place to stand in the midst of the anxious injustices of the world, pointing the way to God’s peaceful kingdom.

God of all peace, we live in an anxious and divided world: Grant us to so live the power of your Son’s resurrection, that we might bring your peaceful kingdom to bear on the healing and transformation of the world, through whom, with you and the Holy Spirit you live and reign in peace and glory, we pray. Amen.
-Fr. Paul Moore

2020 St. Paul’s Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Below are eleven pictures where Easter eggs are hidden. See how many you can find and give us your first name and initial of your last name in addition to your guess. The winner(s) will be announced at the end of church tomorrow. Good luck!

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