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Pastor's Note

Comments from Pastor, David Spaulding

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David Spaulding
Pastor David and Jeanne Spaulding
Happy Easter!!!
Christ is Risen! Christ is risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

Let us pray. "Lord of Life, submitting to death, you conquered the grave. By being lifted on a cross you draw all peoples to you. By being raised from the dead you restored to humanity all that that we had lost through sin. Going forward as Easter people we will proclaim the marvelous mystery of death and resurrection. For all praise is yours, now and throughout eternity." Amen.

What does Easter mean to you?
In the early church Easter was celebrated in a majestic way. The resurrection of Jesus is a foundation of our belief in a living Lord and Savior who is with us always. Easter and the Great Fifty Days following is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year.

Efforts were made to help God's people understand and embrace who Jesus is, what we believe, and what our faith says about our triune God. The statements of faith were developed to provide a foundation for our faith and guide us in our faith journeys. These provide a summary of our Christian faith. The Nicene Creed and Apostles' Creed are primarily the Creeds along with other affirmations give us the foundation of our faith based on Scripture. We use the Creeds in worship periodically as an affirmation of our faith. The Apostles' Creed states that "I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth." "I believe in the Holy Spirit." The second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, is affirmed in these words:

I believe, … "in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What does Easter mean to you? It ought to mean that one understands who Jesus is and that something very special was done for you. The promise of our Lord is fulfilled for each of us in the risen Christ. Easter makes God's love real and possible for one to repent of their sins, accept forgiveness and claim Jesus is Lord of your life. We are rewarded with life eternal with Jesus in the Communion of Saints.

So we become Easter people! Easter means who we are. Christ is Risen indeed! Easter people are disciples of a living savior and Lord. Easter people live with the joy of Jesus in their hearts. Easter people do what Jesus commissioned and commanded us to do. Easter people celebrate together and love one another. Sing praises to the risen Lord. We'll raise our voices Easter morning and know what Easter means to us! "Easter people raise your voices. Up from the grave he arose. Christ is Risen. Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate, He is risen and He lives forever more. Because He lives, we can see tomorrow. He lives! He lives!" Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Amen! Happy Easter.

Easter Blessings,
Pastor Dave