In Touch – April 18, 2014
Posted on April 18, 2014 by under Touché,

A Powerful Easter

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death.                                                                    (Philippians 3:10)

This Easter will be more powerful for me than any I have ever experienced.  With Andrew’s brush with death last summer, I have come to understand the power of the resurrection in a new way that is shared in a journey of suffering in this world.  Without the resurrection the cross of Good Friday stands as a symbol of all that is wrong with a world that knows too much of suffering and death. But with the power of the resurrection, we are assured that God has the last word, as well as the first, about the goodness of creation and an eternal plan of glory.  I will be forever thankful for Easter and the hope it brings in any situation of suffering.

 This Easter will be powerful:

  • It starts at Hopewell outside at an empty tomb at 6:30 AM.  Our youth band, “Breaking the Silence” will break the silence for us with celebration.
  • In the Fellowship Hall, the Easter feast will begin with breakfast (following the Sunrise Service. )
  • Resurrection is happening at Beacon Reformed as Steve Dambra will be leading his first Easter service there (10:30 AM).  We are trusting for over one hundred people to be present as that church is coming alive with new leadership. (We will have a caravan over to Beacon following Gatherings.)
  • Odyssey will rock at 10 A.M. as their numbers continue to swell.  I know it will be a powerful Easter there
  • Gatherings  (8:45 AM) has Tony Congi back after an illness and Jenny Thompson on violin, as well as the rest of the band.
  • Foundations (10:30 AM) will have a powerful music extravaganza as Owen Borda has pulled out all the stops, putting together exceptional music for Easter.  We have some special funding that has allowed us to bring in a string quartet, flute, oboe, clarinet and some special singers with Wes Joseph on the organ. We conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus

With all the festivities of Easter, still the power of the message is not missed- because of the resurrection we have a hope that is eternal and nothing in all of creation is able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Whatever suffering we may endure it is not worth comparing to the glory that shall be revealed to us.  That is why we sing and that is why we celebrate, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.