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Dear Friends,                                 Easter 2016

Grace and peace.  As many of you know we have a custom in our church that when we are asked ‘How are you?” We always answer ‘I’m blessed’. No matter whether we are having troubles or not we can say ‘I’m blessed’ because we are in a personal - eternal -relationship with Jesus. It reminds me of the ancient greeting within the church “He is risen!” and the    response “He is risen indeed!”  In the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the greeting is called the “Paschal greeting.” The  saying is based on Luke 24:34…Translations throughout church history, from the Latin Vulgate (c. AD 400) to the ESV (2001) have translated this verse nearly identically: “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” (ESV).  The older I get the more I appreciate this simple statement of faith. We base our faith on the  resurrection. Paul writing to the early church in Corinth emphasizes the importance of the resurrection when he says  “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is   futile”. ( 1Cor. 15:17) 

 

When we say these words we are saying that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and has overcome sin and death. We are trusting that we will not die but rise with Christ. When we have faith in Jesus and his resurrection we believe that lives can be transformed through love.  My greatest joy is hearing testimonies of faith where someone’s life was transformed- or resurrected- by experiencing God’s saving grace. No matter what bad news we might face we will always have the Good News of Jesus’ love and the power of the resurrection. 

 

There was a terrible car accident that happened in front of the church on March 2nd where Desiree White died.  Our son Max was on the bus that was part of the accident. I was present in the midst of this tragic scene ministering to Desiree’s husband Ron, daughter Cheryl and granddaughter Carolyn. I was able to pass on the message from Cheryl that she loved her parents. Though I didn't know Desiree her daughter shared that she was a believer in Jesus. I am sure she knew and believed in the Paschal greeting- “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”  Her family can find comfort that she is with the Lord in Heaven. They can find strength to know the power of the resurrection.  I challenge each of us to live out our faith in the resurrection. To believe that Jesus has overcome sin and death through his sacrifice of love. Each of us can come alive in love when we give our lives to Jesus and follow him. 

 

Please make a point to attend the Holy Week Services. There will be a Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday at 5:30pm with a Tenebrae Communion Service at 7pm. The ecumenical Good Friday  Service will be held at the Lutheran Church at 12noon. Our Easter Vigil Service will be March 26th at 5:30pm. Our Easter Sunrise Service will be at 6:30am at Tufts School on the Westborough/Grafton line on RT. 30. There will be a special ASP (Appalachia Service Project) Easter Breakfast from 7am-10:30am. Our Sunday morning Easter Celebration Services will be 9am and 10:30am. Please come and celebrate that our Savior Lives! Come and shout and live out the paschal greeting……  HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

 

In Christian Love,

 

Pastor John

 

 

Sunday Worship Schedule  

Join us for a traditional worship service @ 9:00am with age appropiate Sunday School classes for kids ages pre-k through high school.
If you enjoy a worship service with a more contemporary feel, please consider our 10:30am service.  We offer a one-room Sunday School format for children ages pre-k through second grade. 
Come early and join us for a hymn sing at 8:45 am.  
 
Refreshments and fellowship time at 10 am.
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