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April 4th, 2021: Easter Sunday

A Congregational Letter to Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United

Happy Easter Sunday to all of you! Journeying through Holy Week is always a difficult week for many of us, but, today, Easter Sunday, is our day of spiritual release, wonder, new life, and gratitude for the amazing gift of God’s love. May each of you have a blessed Easter weekend, and may each of you, and your families, have the opportunity to facetime, text, phone, and zoom with your loved ones as you celebrate this Holy weekend.

This Sunday, Easter Sunday, focusses on the Gospel of Mark 16:1-8 (Jesus’ Resurrection). You know the story as well as I do. Jesus died on a cross. He was laid in a tomb. It was sealed. Then, on the third day, the “very large stone” over the entrance was rolled back. Women go looking for the body. A messenger says, “He has been raised; He is not here.” The tomb is empty, and Christ is risen.

It may take months, or even years, for resurrection to free us from the tomb, and pull us out of the darkness of life, but it will. That is the promise of God given to us for today. God never leaves anyone in the darkness of the tomb. The large stones of our lives are being rolled back by God. Our tombs are being emptied. And the messenger is still proclaiming the good news, “He has been raised; He is not here.”

Today, Easter Sunday, is the lens through which we are to see everything life offers us. It is a life to be lived through God’s immense gift to each one of us. Easter Sunday is about our new life in Jesus, the Christ. The most important part of Easter is accepting the Risen Lord, and Saviour, into our hearts today; tomorrow; and the next day; and the day after that. On Easter Sunday, Jesus is going ahead of us rolling back stones, emptying tombs, preparing new places, and calling forth life.

What will you do with your new and precious life that Christ gives to you, today? What difference will today make for you tomorrow, and in the days to come? Our Easter gift of Christ’s salvation is here and now. It is a new way of being. It is a new way of living. It is opening our hearts to the new life we can receive through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Easter invites us to ask for, and accept, the gift of forgiveness and salvation, God gives to us through Jesus, the Christ, on this the Resurrection Sunday.

Let us celebrate with wonder, and amazement, this day the new life we have been given. Let us live this gift, each and every day of our lives.

Let us continue to pray for one another every morning at 10:30, remembering that God grants us wisdom, love, and peace as we hold each other in God’s tender keeping. Much love and care to you all. Keep well and safe.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Laura

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