Easter Sunday Morning

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Easter Breakfast in Westminster House

Menu:  Breakfast casseroles, muffins, sausage,  orange juice,

milk, coffee and a surprise or two!

 

9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School Class

“Resurrection Guaranteed”- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22

 

An Easter Egg Hunt after the Easter Breakfast at approximately 9:45 a.m. 

 

10:30 a.m. Worship

Scripture Lesson:  Mark 16:1-8

Sermon:  “Just the Beginning”  Liturgist:  Bert Brennan

The service will bring all of us together to experience

the wonder of what God has done!

Communion will be served.  Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

 

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

From The Pastor

“When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.”  Mark 16:1 (NRSV)

The other evening I was walking back to the church after having had dinner at a local restaurant.  While walking past a house near the church I was suddenly startled.  Yes, startled, for you see, after the long, harsh winter, the last thing I expected to see were flowers pushing up through ground which not much more than a week before had been frozen and covered with snow.  I had become so accustomed to seeing piles of snow and ice covered with dirt and grime that, although I should have been, I was not prepared for the gift of new life springing forth before my eyes.

 

The spiritual journey of Lent is a movement from death to life.  The forty days of Lent culminate in Good Friday, when a terrible thing happens that changes everything.  Now death holds Jesus in its dark power.  There is no going back to happier times; there is only facing this moment of anguish in its full and frightening power.  Mark tells us that the women go to the tomb to anoint the broken body of Jesus.  Even if they had tried with all their might, these women could not have stopped the crucifixion.  They could not have prevented His death in the same way that we cannot keep the sun from rising another day.  Their experience has taught them that not even God will overcome evil or stop the death of a holy man.  All they can do is go to the tomb, in the words of Victor Hugo, with their “eyes fixed on [their] thoughts without seeing anything beyond.” He is dead and that is the end of it.

 

On Easter morning, God challenges the assumptions that we have made about death and life. God blows the lid off our diminished expectations.  Resurrection Day is both an interruption in the expected pattern of the world but one we should have seen coming all along.  There is an old hymn that is not in our Presbyterian hymnal.  The first word of the hymn is “Now.”  “Now all the vault of heaven resounds,” as if the heavens have been waiting for what God promised.  Now Christ is Lord.  Now the forgiveness of sins.  Now the resurrection of the body.  Now the life everlasting.  All are now fulfilled.  Now Christ has triumphed. He is now living!

 

The second part of that first line reads, “in praise of love that still abounds.” The love of God that was shown since God created the heavens and the earth - it remains.  It is still here and furthermore, it abounds still.  The resurrection of Christ is God’s love still abounding.

 

As the season of Lent gives way to Easter, we let go of that which is dead in us and take hold of the new life in Christ.  Maybe it is better to say that Christ’s resurrection breaks death’s power in us and unites us with our living Lord.  To know Christ is a lifelong journey.  Please join us as we continue our Lenten journey through Holy Week and Easter.  Something happened on Easter that changes everything.

                                                                                                Peace and joy this Eastertide!

 

                                                                                                Roger

 

Posted on August 1, 2014 .

Koinonia Circle

Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. - Koinonia Circle will go out to eat at Olde Dutch Restaurant.  ALL LADIES OF THE CHURCH ARE INVITED!  PLEASE COME!!

Posted on May 7, 2014 .