Pastor’s Monthly Message

pastorTimSisters and Brothers in Christ,

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Sisters and brothers in Christ,
Peace be with you!

I wish to share with you a reflection I read recently concerning Easter Day. I think it to be a good reading and excellent thought about what this most holy day is.

Sunday after Sunday, and especially at this greatest Sunday of the year, we enter events
which show Easter as more than a once-upon-a-time event. Implicit within all our
celebrations there is a sense of future. We can be intent on “things above rather than on
things of earth”. Easter is a promise of the endtime. Our festivals take place in a sinful
world, in an imperfect church. In them we taste that time when we will all be in glory.
St Andrew Bible Missal

So it is dear friends, that as we gather on April 1, 2018 to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, we will realize that Jesus’ resurrection sends us forward – – forward to a time when the world’s hurts and sorrows are no more; when we won’t have to talk about violence in our streets and the fear of allowing our children to go to school; when there will no longer be hunger and poverty; when peace will reign and hatred cease; when all people are accepted for who they are as created in God’s image; when illness and death will be gone forever! Easter pushes us to see the reality of this glorious promise. Easter is about the endtime when Jesus’ resurrection from the dead becomes  ours as well; when all for which we have longed and prayed; sang and spoke; worshiped and praised comes to its final and glorious conclusion!

It is difficult not to connect Easter Sunday with April Fools’ day this year! The foolishness of God’s love for us that manifested itself in the death and resurrection of Jesus is foolish for many. The whole idea that Jesus would die to save us from our sins and grant us eternal life is foolish to anyone who looks at the world through faith-less eyes! But to those of us who believe and have been granted the power of faith, this holy foolishness is indeed our life!

As we gather this year on Easter Day, may we not be fooled by the
cares of the world and the realities of this earth. May we rather see in
the resurrection of Christ Jesus the wonder yet to come when the
world and all its foolishness is forever destroyed in the foolishness of
God’s eternal grace and love.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
See you on Easter and . . . beyond!

In Christ’s name, I am your shepherd and servant,

+Pastor Tim


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