Easter 2010

Dear friends of Jesus,
 We know so little about the women who went to the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth on that first Easter.  We know some of their names, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, but others we know only as, “the other women with them.”  

We know that the women went to the tomb in order to reverently care for the body of their beloved friend.  Their willingness to serve was rewarded by the best news they could ever hope to hear, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen!”

In that split second, their mourning was transformed into joy.  Their sorrow transformed into a desire to tell others this very Good News.  Psalm 30 includes these words that seem a good description of how they must have felt:

 “You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.”

For most of us, our mourning does not change quickly into dancing.  For most of us it takes time to heal from grief.  Most people go through stages of grief, which vary according to the situation and the person.  But the joy does not come quickly.  Easter is for many just a glimmer of hope that shines into the darkness of grief with remembered joy. 

At the empty tomb the faithful women needed the angel to remind them that Jesus had said that he would rise on the third day.  Newly hatched chicks, beautiful flowers, and a glorious sunrise all remind us of the resurrection.  Jesus lives!  On Easter we joyfully gather around the Table of the Lord to remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and God’s promise of eternal life.

This Easter morning we gather to celebrate all the ways God gives us hope!  At both 8:30 and 11:00  we worship and sing glad Alleluias!  We gather for breakfast between 7:30 and 10:30.  There will be plenty so invite a neighbor or friend to join you.  At 10:00 the children will meet in the Sunday School room for a fun Easter craft before hunting for Easter Eggs!

May your Easter Celebration be blessed with joy!

Pastor Jocelyn Carson

Our Easter offering this year will be in support the Trinity budget and all of the ministries that happen in this Place of Grace.  Thank you for your generous gifts!