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From Our Hill

FOH April 18, 2014     Click here for full issue

       The biggest day of the church’s year is nearly here!  Easter Sunday is this weekend, April 20, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you.  I have been blessed this Lenten season by our opportunities for worship, together.  Our Wednesday Lenten Services were deeply nourishing.  And, I felt a profound sense of God’s presence among us last weekend, as we prepared for Holy Week with our full experience of Palm & Passion Sunday.  I am particularly grateful to those who helped lead the service, sang and played, dramatically led our reading and hearing of the Passion story, and to all of you who waved palm branches!

       Of course, we will worship during the remainder of Holy Week with our Maundy Thursday service and our Good Friday service, both at 6:30 PM on their respective days.  But, this is all leading to Easter Sunday and the news that is at the center of our faith:  Christ is risen!

       The news that Christ is risen is, obviously, profoundly needed in the world.  You have surely heard this week of the tragic actions last Sunday of a terrible white supremacist and anti-Semite who opened fire at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Kansas City, Kansas, killing a teenage boy and his grandfather who were members of a United Methodist Church, and a Roman Catholic woman who was visiting her mother.  This week, the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon has been observed.  Every day there is news of corruption and decay, injustice and death.  Wars rage.  Destruction is unleashed.  Threat and conflict cover the continents.  Death makes a strong case that it is in charge.

     But, God says no.  God says death does not have the last word.  Rejection and fatality will not rule.  Call us crazy.  Call us delirious.  But, we believe the good news that would have been called unbelievable.  Not only do we believe it, we stake our lives on it.  Christ is risen; Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Amen.

The peace of the Risen Christ be with you,
Pastor Bryan Brooks