This season of Lent we have joined in a “Journey to Jerusalem.” On the journey we have not only studied Jesus’ life revealed in the Gospel of Luke, but have also been called to consider our lives and mission as disciples. In a few weeks we will celebrate the event which was the culmination of the journey — an event which defines our hope as the people of God. On Easter morning we proclaim that the one with whom we journey was not simply a great religious teacher who lived long ago, now fondly remembered. We do not proclaim a Savior who was raised from the dead but is now far from us. No, we proclaim Jesus …risen from the dead …ascended into heaven, who dwells in our midst by the Holy Spirit. On Easter morning we proclaim “the Lord is risen!,” but we also rejoice that “the Lord is with us!”

On his last night with the disciples, Jesus said that it was for their own good that he was going away. How could that be true? Jesus knew that, though he would die, he would be raised …and would then be present with the disciples in a new and intimate way. No longer would he merely be “with” his disciples for them to observe and hear. Now his Spirit would dwell within them. As they went forth in Jesus’ call to take the Gospel to all people, Jesus’ disciples would not be alone: Jesus’ power would become their power; his hope would be their hope, for he had promised to be with them to “the end of the age.”

In the resurrection, God has revealed his purpose to bring people out of death to life. In the resurrection, God has promised to work within and through his people to accomplish his desire. As the result of the resurrection we are called and empowered to be part of the mission to take the Gospel to every person.

On this Easter Sunday, let us not only gather to celebrate what God has done, but what God is going to do as we allow the reality of the resurrection to transform our lives and empower us to go forth in Jesus’ name.

“God of glory, fill your church with the power
that flows from Christ’s resurrection,
that, in the midst of a sinful world,
it may be a sign of the beginning of a new humanity,
risen to new life in Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
Book of Common Worship


April 14 – Palm / Passion Sunday
   9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
   10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship
April 18 – Holy Thursday
   7:00 p.m. – Holy Thursday Tenebrae Service
April 19 – Good Friday
   12:00 – Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Calvary
April 21 – Easter Sunday
   8:45 a.m. – Easter Breakfast in Ministry Center
   9:30 a.m. – Resurrection Egg Hunt for children through grade 4
   10:00 a.m. – Easter Worship: A Celebration of the Resurrection