Join us for the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Morning!
Sunrise worship at 7:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m.
Contemporary Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Easter breakfast served by youth from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Devotions for the week:
He has been raised…” Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6
This highly dramatic event would have made for a great end to a blockbuster film. One can almost hear the roar of the earthquake, see the painful glare of the lightening-white clothing of the angel, and feel the fear of the guards as their world shook around them. It is as if the scene was intentionally shocking. Because it was so shockingly impossible, it leaves hearers two options: to reject it outright, or to believe wholeheartedly. Hearers are given the invitation to be all in, and then to go out, spreading the news of the miraculous events, and extending the invitation to anyone who will hear.
Follow the stories of early believers and missionaries.
Sunday, Matthew 28:1-10, Easter: Matthew
Monday, Psalm 118:19-24, Psalm
Tuesday, Matthew 28:11-15, The Report of the Guard
Wednesday, Acts 1:12-26, Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
Thursday, Acts 2:37-42, The First Converts
Friday, Acts 5:12-16, The Apostles Heal Many
Saturday, Acts 5:17-42, The Apostles are Persecuted
- What challenges did early believers face as they worked to spread the good news of Jesus’ resurrection?
- What loud or bright things in our culture compete for your attention? Is Jesus’ resurrection drowned out? Where do you see his resurrection and love for humanity loud and clear?
- What challenges do you face that make faith hard to come by? What can you do this week to strengthen your faith?
God of resurrection, stir new life in our spirits with your word this day. Bring our alleluias to fullness. Amen.