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Reflections From Our Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Bram Kranichfeld

April 29, 2023

As we journey together this Easter season, we are invited to ponder the new reality that we find ourselves in. “The Lord is Risen!” we all shouted with gusto on Easter Sunday. The question that immediately follows is, “Now what?” How do we encounter the risen Christ?


I have been struck by a theme that keeps emerging in our lectionary. The risen Christ meets Mary Magdalene in the darkness of the tomb. And then, the risen Christ meets the disciples in a locked apartment in Jerusalem, and then again to encounter Thomas in his doubt, and then again to perform signs. The risen Christ meets Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus as they get away from Jerusalem. And then, the risen Christ is made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Where do we meet God? It’s not just that we are seeking God. God is also seeking us. The good news of Easter is that no matter what fears we might have, no matter how lost we might feel, no matter how dark it seems, the risen Christ will come again and again to meet us where we are. The risen Christ will walk right through the walls we put up around ourselves to be with us in love.


We should remind ourselves of Jesus’ words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27). As we move through Easter, let’s try to open our hearts and trust in God.


The Rev. Bram Kranichfeld

April 2, 2023

On Palm Sunday we process around the church singing, "All Glory Laud and Honor to Thee Redeemer King!" From our Post - Easter point of view, it is a moment to celebrate Christ's kingship in his victory over death and sin. However, it is worth considering that the crowd we are imitating, who laid out branches as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, had different expectations. They expected a temporal victory from the Messiah - a military victory over the Roman occupiers. The victory we got was very different and infinitely more important.


As we journey together through Holy Week and Easter let's contemplate that victory and the gulf that often exists between what we want God to be and who God is, as revealed in Jesus Christ. To participate in God's victory over death and sin, we need to surrender ourselves as Christ surrendered himself. 


In Christ, God opened the way to the eternal font of light and life, and the door is always open.

Let's not get in our own way.




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