Pastor’s Letter — June, 2019

Easter is Here to Stay

Dear Friends,
As we approach the end of the Easter season let us not let the Easter Spirit leave us. The powerful message of Easter is that we are created by a God who loves us as mother loves her children, as a father finds deep joy in his offspring. Easter is a celebration of all that is good in this world, but also an outreach to the broken parts of our world and yes we are also broken. God loves the world in its entirety both good and bad.

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? - Matthew 5:24-26.

The Easter message is that new life is offered to all people and we are the messengers of that Good News. Easter explodes with joyful music. Some of the greatest oratorios were composed for Easter. Just to name a few: Handel’s “Messiah,” with the incredible “Hallelujah Chorus,” Bach’s “Matthew’s Passion,” and incredible West African songs of joy. Easter music stretches around the world, and though we sing Easter hymns, and rejoice in the amazing music once the season is over and we now sing the songs of the next season we should never drop the joy of Easter from our hearts.

Come and join us on the morning train — the train of Easter that brings us to the love of the Lord. The evening train may be too late — so let’s stay on the morning train which started that Easter Sunday morn. Go into the rest of the year singing: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah and carry that joy into the world around you!

In Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Eric