Lenten and Easter Message
February 28, 2021
I am writing my Easter message at the beginning of our Lenten journey. As we journey towards
Easter this year we do with anticipation that our Easter celebration will be much of a more
normal experience than last year. The anticipation in 2020 was that we would be back to church
by Easter. How wrong we were! This year as we begin our journey to Easter, we do so with far
greater hope that our Easter will be normal, or somewhat close to it.
As we journey to Easter we need to remember the experience of the stuck toboggan on the hill
because it wasn’t waxed. In some ways, that’s like our journey to Easter this year. The theme for
the sermon on The Transfiguration of our Lord Sunday, was that of Jesus not leaving the
disciples on the mountain with Him safe and secure. He took them down to the world. The Easter
message is clear; - we are to “Go and Tell” that we have seen the risen Lord. As Jesus instructed
Mary; Go and Tell His brother! The message of Go and Tell is not easy this year. COVID has
changed the world. People’s lives have changed in values and they have a different aspect in
viewing life. To me, people are seeing more value in family life rather than making wealth.
St. Peter`s Kirkland Lake is embracing the message of Easter ``To Go and Tell`` with a new
Rector who might not do things as they have always done. The Parish of Sussex embraces the
Easter message with the task of reflecting how have we lived up to the message of ``Going and
Telling``. The Parish will be reflecting on what has worked, what do want to continue, what are
the gifts of a new rector in order to continue proclaiming the Easter message of "Going and Telling".
Let’s face it – there are days where we just don’t want the toboggan to be waxed. We want to
stay stuck! I am telling you, God is waxing it, so enter the world . Yes, we’re going to hit a few
bumps, but hitting a few bumps along the way makes the ride more thrilling!
I wish you all a good Lent and joyous Easter.
Yours in the ministry we share,
Rev. Canon Tom Stradwick+