Easter

  • Dear Friends in Christ,

    In Luke's gospel, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and another unnamed woman - all followers of Jesus - are headed to to the tomb to pay their respects to their Lord who they believe to be dead. Yet on that first Easter Day they find, not Jesus' dead body, but the stone rolled away and an empty tomb. Men in "dazzling clothes" suddenly appear and remind them of what Jesus had told them about how he would be raised from the dead. And the women, we hear "remembered."

    It is time for us to remember, my friends. It is time to remember that Christ is risen! Christ is risen!

  • Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

    I was catching up with my old friend Mary Ellen not long ago. She’s one of those friends, you know the kind - who know you so well and who you know so well that no matter how much time passes it’s like you’re picking up right where you left off.

  • We have come to the Easter Dawn!

    Sure, the actual dawn isn’t for another 10 or 12 hours, but that’s a technicality.

    We have come to the dawn of our Savior’s resurrection.

  • The risen Christ needs our hands and hearts, for we are living in crazy and sad times.

    Jesus stands on the Lakeshore in today’s gospel and tells Peter to “feed my sheep” in a three-fold pattern that echoes Peter’s denial of Jesus before the rooster crowed on that fateful morning when Jesus was taken captive, when Jesus was taken to be crucified.

  • Our Holy Week and Easter Worship Opportunities

    Palm Sunday marks the end of our Lenten journey, and the beginning of Holy Week.

    Join us at 9am, Sunday, as we gather together for Palm Sunday worship, and throughout the week for this virtual vigil as we prepare for the Resurrection.

    To ensure the health and well-being of all of our parishioners, family, friends, and community, we'll be gathering virtually together for Worship and a time of fellowship.

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  • A beautiful red cardinal landed under a nearby shrub as I was hustling the kids out the door to school one morning this winter. It only registered with me a few hours later that I‘d seen this wonderful bird, red coat stark against the white snow and brown branches, a sign of life and spring around the corner. 

    That I noticed and remembered this special moment at all may be proof that God works miracles! After all, it can be so easy to go on autopilot and travel through life distracted and without noticing the blessings of the present moment.

    And the present moment is full of potential gifts. 

    The season of Lent marks the time in the Church year intended to help us especially focus on renewal and restoration, spiritual growth and deepening of faith. During this season we are invited to turn away from things that distance us from God, and allow God to open our eyes and hearts and lives to see God’s gracious love in Christ poured out in forgiveness - for us. Lent is a present-tense opportunity to ponder and pray on how the resurrection of our Savior Jesus gives us new life and new birth and new eyes and ears to see the world around us.

  • This week’s gospel text is one of my favorites because it reminds us of why we share the peace during worship service, and it reminds us why we are sent to build peace in the world.

    The Christ, who was crucified on the cross for the sins of our lives and of the world, who died and was raised from the dead; this Christ appears to the disciples in the upper room where they met behind a locked door, as they were fearing for their lives - what if they were next, what if they were crucified as Jesus had been?

  • Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
    Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!

    This magnificent story of Jesus’ resurrection, that starts with the line “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,” (John 20:1) reminds me of one of my favorite Easter traditions from when I was growing up.