Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed! We had a wonderful Easter celebration. The Easter season continues now to Pentecost on May 20. Remember, each Sunday is also a little Easter celebrating the Lord's day.
The preparation through Lent and Holy Week took us on a journey through Rehab and self-examination. The journey and act of contrition created hearts open and receptive to the true meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus for each of us. Wow! So wonderful and powerful. Thank-you, Jesus.
We are Easter people. The journey with Jesus continues on. Easter launches us into fresh beginnings and lifesaving opportunities for each of us and for all who will hear the good news that we will bring in Jesus' name. Let it be clear that we shall put Jesus first in all we do. We will share the Good News because...
"We are a Loving Community of Christ Followers Building the Kingdom and Making a Difference in the name of Jesus. We do this by:
Loving as God loves!
Offering Christ for salvation, transformation, and a new "born again" life!
Teaching disciples how to grow in relationship with Jesus and to do the same for others!
Serving those in need and embracing the least of these!
You may say we are … "Doing LOTS in Jesus' name!"
Here's some Good News for all! Hang on to this!
"I serve a risen Savior. He's in the word today;
I know that he is risen whatever foes may say.
I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer,
and the just the time I need him, he's always near.
He Lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart. (He Lives, Alfred Ackley, UMH 310)
Thank-you Jesus for always being there: for me and my family, for our church family, for those who know you, and for those who will!
Stay with us in a powerful way, dear Lord. This month of May we celebrate the birthday of the church. This will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 20. I pray that we continue to grow in our faith, grow deeper in love with God, and grow deeper in love with others. The re-commitment we made at Easter and the opportunities we will have to build the Kingdom for Jesus will be realized and made our priorities as we move forward to fulfill the Mission of the Church. Let us re-commit and re-dedicate our lives to Jesus and the "Making of Disciples for the transformation of the world" for "We are a Loving Community of Christ Followers Building the Kingdom and Making a Difference in the name of Jesus: by Loving, Offering, Teaching, and Serving in Jesus. name." Amen.
See you in Church!
Sincerely, In Christian Love,