2017.04.13 14:56:33
Easter Sunday

The First Page of the End of Despair

Order of Worship

Dear Easter People,
E. Stanley Jones wrote of the early disciples that "they had little ritual but a mighty realization. They went out not remembering Christ, but experiencing him. He was not a mere fair and beautiful story to remember with gratitude - he was a living, redemptive, actual presence then and there. They went out with the joyous and grateful cry, "Christ lives in me!" The Jesus of history had become the Christ of experience."
Isn't this really the answer to our deepest longings - to experience the power and the grace of God in living relationship with Jesus Christ? To trust that God is alive, transforming our losses and our grief into new beginnings and renewed hope. That is the experience of Easter. This Saturday night and Sunday morning, we come to attest to the experiences that we have had that we are not alone or rejected or washed up. We come to sing "Alleluia" for Christ lives in us!
Our Easter scripture is John's account of the empty tomb (John 20:1-18). On Saturday night, Kim Ports will lead the creative and highly energetic Family Service at 5:00 pm. On Sunday morning at our regular times, our Celebration and Bell Tones Choirs will join a brass quintet to present festival music. The sermon title is "The First Page of the End of Despair." There will be childcare at both services as well as Sunday School at 10:00.
I hope you will experience the fullness of the Christian story by attending the Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In that service, we will share in Holy Communion and the ritual of hand washing that reminds us of Jesus' call to his disciples to "love one another." On Good Friday, the Fireside Room will be set up as a chapel for personal prayers and meditation from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and communion will be served at noon.
In Christ,  


Rev. Martha Wingfield


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