Easter dawns with more than a few witnesses there to greet it. It’s a day to dress in your Sunday best, in colors that befit the long-anticipated warmer weather. Amid the new growth and promise of Spring you will hear the traditional and time-defeating message of Easter. It’s one of redemption, rebirth, enlightenment and joy. It’s a sobering yet fulfilling and comforting story.
Today is the most important day on our Christian calendar, when the pivotal moment in our Christian history - when God redeemed all fallen sinners - is celebrated with joy and gladness.
The promise of Easter is that all who believe can not only share in the promise of resurrection, but live today a transformed life. The promise is more wonderful even than most of us can fully understand.Today Christians around the world rejoice in the reminder that the tomb was empty and "He is risen!" (Mark 16:6).
Please join us to celebrate this special day:
Easter Sunrise Service 2014 -Sunday, April 21, 2014- 7:00 am on the lawn of the church.
Easter Worship Services - 8:30 and 11 am, in the Main Sanctuary (remember to bring fresh flowers for the cross)
THE PROMISE OF EASTER
(quotes and poems sharing the blessing and hope of Easter)
The event of the Resurrection brings a new perspective to the vision of man. No longer are we restricted to the little distance of an earthly existence. The horizon melts away, and we glimpse beyond the clouds the golden glory of eternal life.
~ Esther Baldwin York ~
My heart sings with the robins in the rain... For I remember it is Easter morn... And life and love and peace are all newborn... And joy has triumphed over loss and pain.
~ Alice Freeman Palmer ~
The message of Easter cannot be written in the past tense. It is a message for today and the days to come. It is God's message which must re-echo throughout our lives.
~ Frank D. Getty ~
It was not the Cross of Jesus, but His victory over the Cross, that set the world singing and brought into the soul of man a new hope, a new joy, a new and haunting kind of goodness.
~ Joseph Fort Newton ~
See there! God's signpost, standing at the ways
Which every man of his free will must go --
Up the steep hill, or down the winding ways,
One or the other, every man must go.
He forces no man, each must choose his way,
And as he chooses, so the end will be;
One went in front to point the Perfect Way,
Who follows fears not where the end will be.
~ John Oxenham ~
The key to the world is in the form of a cross, but it cannot do anything until someone's hand lifts it and fits it into the keyhole. ~ Howard C. Scharfe ~
Easter not only happened; it happens. It is not only a past event to be celebrated with new hats and hallelujahs; it is an eternally present fact to be appropriated by faith and obedience.
~ Mary E. McCullough ~
In the Easter tiding many notes mingle: notes which strike the deepest chords in our human make-up, and answer to our highest aspirations and direst needs.
There is ineffable tenderness in the greeting of the risen Lord to the weeping woman who loved Him devotedly.
There is manly forthrightness in His restoration of the conscience-stricken Peter.
There is stimulating reasoning with the disconsolate two on the road to Emmaus.
There is irrefutable evidence for the wondering group in the upper room.
There is kindly yet stern rebuke for the willful doubts of Thomas.
There is the stirring challenge for all His followers to proclaim the glad tidings unto the ends of the earth. ~ Herbert F. Stevenson ~
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter Day.
~ Phillips Brooks ~
And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
~ St. Augustine ~