"I thank my God every time I remember you. Constantly praying with joy and everyone of my prayers for all of you because of your sharing in the Gospel from the first day until now." Philippians 1:2-4
I was finally back for worship after three months away.
It was coming back that caused me to think of Paul's words to the church in Phillipi.
I missed the place and the people. Easter Sunday was the perfect re-introduction. The welcome was warm and generous. My family was with me, the weather was lovely and I didn't fall going from the wheel chair to the car and vice versa. And then came worship and I was reminded anew why this place was so missed. The music was all so excellent and the Spirit felt alive and well.
In the peace of Christ,
“The message spread throughout Judea… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:37-38
This passage is from the first lesson read at Easter worship. Remembering those festive services, I smile. But I also pause to note how nicely these words fit Pastor Randy’s presence at the Easter breakfast (thanks, Youth Group!) and at the late service. It felt so good to see Pastor Randy at our festival of the resurrection. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and Pastor Randy’s reappearance in the public life of this church. Though his role must be limited for now, it’s a start. God grant that Randy’s presence with us last Sunday signals increasing presence in months to come.
At Easter, we celebrate God’s amazing power of life. We also pray for that power of healing and renewal to be present in our own lives and in the lives of those we love. The power of Jesus’ resurrection is the same power God uses to bring all of creation into being — God, “who gives life to the dead and brings into existence the things that do not exist.” (Rom. 4:17) But resurrection is creation focused for a particular purpose: healing. Jesus risen from the dead is not just one man healed and made whole. He is also the promise of humanity itself healed and restored to wholeness with God. The risen Christ is a sign of what God has in store for all of us — humans filled with God’s living presence, serving as partners in the care and redemption of all that God has made.
Each of us is a custom-made channel for God’s creative, healing power. Please attend carefully to all that you love – the people, places, and situations that need your care – and ask God to bring the power of resurrection for healing and blessing. The promise of the Gospel is that God will be with you when you ask.
Lessons for Sunday, April 27th
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
No Choir Practice
Thursday 12:00 p All Church Luncheon and 80 and over Birthday Celebration
1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:00 p Council Meeting
Friday 9:00 – 11:30 KOK
1:00 – 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
Saturday 7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal
Mothers Day Tea
10 – 12 p
Please RSVP (to Tammy, Lynn, Caryl or Brenda)
U of O Gospel Concert
2 & 6 pm
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner