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Looking Toward Easter, Sunday, April 16, 2017

We have a beautiful Sunday in store, a time for us to gather and worship our risen Lord. We’ll start in the garden, at 9:15 AM, for a quiet service that reminds us of those first mysterious moments when the whispers of Jesus’ resurrection began to spread. Then we’ll gather at 10 AM in the parlor for fellowship, to eat tasty Easter pastries, make sandwiches for Mercy, and to watch our kiddos hunt for eggs. Don’t forget to bring flowers from your yard (or elsewhere) to fill the Easter cross on the lawn.

For 11 AM worship, we’ll explore Luke’s version of that first Easter. In this story, the women who found the tomb empty ran back to tell the disciples, “but these words seemed to them an idle tale.” I can relate. Sometimes when we look around the brokenness of the world, the miracles of the resurrection seem pretty far-fetched. Join us as we wrestle with what the resurrection means during difficult times and how we can pursue resurrection encounters even in the midst of uncertainty and darkness.

We have special music, including our own Chancel and Handbell choirs, a brass quartet, cello, and flute, to remind us of God’s victory over sin and death. It us sure to be a morning filled with light, life, and hope.

• Focal Scripture – Luke 24:1-12
• Sermon Title – “Idling”

God bless you on this Holy Week journey.

I look forward to celebrating the empty tomb with you come Sunday,