Well, Easter is finally over. Now what? After all, now that warmer weather is here, it’s time for little league ball games and mowing yards. Time to plant flowers and enjoy backyard cookouts. Lots of things to do outdoors when the weather is nice, so it’s a good thing that all the Lent and Easter activities are over and done with… right?
We spend so much time preparing for Easter each year, what with decorations, Easter programs, family meals, and let’s not forget the time spent shopping for that nice Easter outfit. The Easter season is becoming more and more like the Christmas season, in that we spend so much time in preparation and with family matters that sometimes I tend to think that we forget what the season is really all about.
In recent years, we have developed a tendency to focus more on the suffering and death of Christ, thanks in part to such efforts as Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ” and other similar programs. But the reality of the Easter season should be our focus on the resurrection of Christ and what that means to us throughout the entire year. Easter needs to be more than a pause we make in our spring calendar to allow time for eggs and bunnies.
The resurrected Christ offers us much more than Easter traditions. The fact that the tomb is empty and that Christ now sits at the right hand of God the Father guarantees each of us a few things. First, that death cannot hold any of us, for like Christ someday we too will rise up and shed this earthly body, never to taste death again. Second, we need to realize that eternity is a very long time. Even now, Christ is preparing a place for each of us in heaven, to spend eternity in the glory of His presence.
Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I love Easter and Christmas. I love the time we spend in community fellowship, and the special emphasis we place on the celebration of these special days. But I also believe that we need to keep the Easter spirit alive in our hearts all year long. His sacrifice was meant for me and you, yesterday, today, and especially for tomorrow.
In His Service,
Thursday 05/02 National Day of Prayer
Saturday 05/04 “May the 4th be with you!”
Sunday 05/05 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 05/05 Communion served during morning worship
Friday 05/10 Mission Trip to Camp Widewater
Saturday 05/11 Mission Trip to Camp Widewater
Sunday 05/12 Mother’s Day
Sunday 05/19 Puppets during morning worship
Friday 05/24 Bread & Bowl at 6:00 pm
Monday 05/27 Memorial Day