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Looking Toward Easter, April 1, 2018

In the climactic conclusion of the movie Love Actually, young Simon races to the airport to say goodbye to Joanna before she moves from London to the United States. Simon has spent the duration of the film pining and planning for how to get noticed by Joanna (by playing the drums in his school’s Christmas pageant, of course), because, he laments, “She doesn’t even know my name.” As the music swells, Simon races past airport security to the gate of Joanna’s plane, where she turns before boarding, sees him and asks questioningly, “Sam?” (Watch the clip here.) His face lights up and a smile blooms. To be known and called by name by the one you love is an incredibly beautiful thing.

In our Easter scripture for 11 AM worship, Mary encounters Jesus outside the empty tomb. When she doesn’t recognize him but thinks he’s the gardner, Jesus calls her name, “Mary!” Indeed, it is a beautiful thing to be called by name by the one that you love. Join us as we celebrate the miracle of the resurrection and the joy of Christ’s claim on us.

It’s sure to be a glorious spring morning for our beloved community. We’ll gather in the garden at 9:15 AM for worship; share fellowship, pastries, a service project for ICM, flowering of the cross, and watch our kiddos hunt Easter eggs at 10 AM; then worship together in the sanctuary with special music led by our choir and brass musicians, at 11 AM. I hope to see you at some or all of it.

I am grateful to be celebrating the powerful love of our risen Lord with you. Have a friend who doesn’t have a church home for Easter? Invite them along. It’s a perfect morning to try something new.

Easter Greetings,