Message from Pastor Jerry

Easter 2019
May 2019

.“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24: 5b

Christ is Risen!
Happy Easter Everyone!
How unusual a task has been presented to me. Author an Easter message on April 9th, a week before Holy week, that will be published immediately following Easter! For those of you who know me well, you know that Lent is always a time of deep self-reflection and a time when I become even more aware of my own shortcomings.

Holy week is always a time of great emotional turmoil and stress for me, even though I know the end of the story. And so here I sit, writing my May newsletter to all of you, attempting to
peak beyond the “veils” of Lent to a message of life beyond the tomb! Resurrection! Then it dawned on me how profound this statement is; even during the season of Lent “peaking beyond the veils of Lent to a message of life beyond the tomb!” For you see, in my own understanding of my faith and how I have understood the teachings of the Christian
Church, I believe that indeed I have already been resurrected!

God has called, chosen, and enlightened me. At every funeral in which I officiate I share; “When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into His death. We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead (resurrected) by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”

Indeed any promise made to us by our Loving God is already sure and certain! When God speaks a word, it certainty is steadfast and sure, unable to be broken by human endeavor. So if God declares that we will be resurrected…We already are resurrected! Why is this such great news?!? If I am already resurrected in Christ… then I can/should live my life as an already resurrected person! Freed from having to compete with everyone around me for a “piece of the resurrection pie!” Free from having to worry about all the worldly concerns that keep me from living out my resurrected life! Free to love God! Free to love those whom God loves regardless of what the world around me might declare! Yes my sisters and brothers in Christ… we are a resurrected people! During this Easter season, may our lives actually reflect this reality!
Happy Easter!
Christ is Risen! (and so are you!)
Peace,
PJ