Yesterday, in worship I shared some thoughts about how worship prepares us to be for Christ in the world. I mentioned the traditional naming of the Sunday after Easter as "low Sunday." Augustine, an early church bishop, commented that it was on "low Sunday" that the newest Christians first took off their baptismal gowns and thus, blended in with other Christians. This blending is was a blessing in many ways. For many weeks, months, and perhaps years those outside the Church had watched and waited to be a part of the Body of Christ. And, now it finally came to be.
But, taking off that robe was a challenge as well. For now, those formerly robed were expected to fully live out the promises they had made. They could blend in and thus gain some anonymity but by doing that they might sacrifice their calling to "be Christ" to the world.
Brothers and sisters, we may be no different here today in Milner and elsewhere. We all run the risk of dropping off or letting others drop out of this world transforming mission we call Christianity. We each have a place in this Body of Christ to serve and call others to serve. We work, we toil, we sing, and we praise, because this is the purpose for which we were made.
Low Sunday might be considered low because it is the newest Christian's first glimpse of where the work of ministry will largely take place - in the valley. The height of Easter was intoxicating but the work of ministry often binds us to the dark corners and messy spaces of this world. It is Low Sunday because it wakes us up and sends us below, from the mountaintop of Easter with a message of resurrection life and light.
Pentecost will be our next special day...we will have to work and wait for it, but I promise there will be another gift for the church on that day. Just you wait and see!