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Looking Toward Easter, Sunday, April 21, 2019

Our story for Sunday is the epitome of resurrection hospitality. Two of Jesus’ disciples have made the journey home, from Jerusalem to Emmaus, with a stranger they met along the road. They invite him in, and as dinner is being served and he’s passing the rolls, they recognize that it is Jesus, their risen savior who has been in their midst all along.

We have the opportunity to be those disciples this Sunday, walking alongside our risen Lord in the tender moments after he overcame death. You may do that at:

  • Sunrise Worship – 6:30 AM, in Springdale Park (Bring a chair and park on S. Ponce which runs parallel to Ponce.)
  • Butterfly Release & Flowering of the Cross – 9:45 AM, in Gertrude’s Garden
  • Easter Worship with brass and communion – 11 AM, in the Sanctuary

As you are planning your worship experience though, I hope you will remember that it was in inviting a stranger in, that Christ’s followers recognized Jesus’ presence. For those of us who live in the comfort of knowing Christ is with us, we are called to share that good news by inviting others as well. So bring a friend and and extra chair (and maybe a blanket) to the sunrise service. Or invite a neighbor or your social media community to attend one of our morning opportunities for celebration and fellowship. It is a chance for all of us to revel in the story of our powerful, resilient, loving God . . . to find strength and hope together . . . and to respond in love. But it all starts with an invitation.

If it has been a little while since you’ve been to DHPC or any other church, please hear my invitation: you are welcome and wanted here. If you are here week after week, hear my invitation: I can’t wait to share this miraculous, light-filled story with you.

I look forward to celebrating resurrection promises with you over pancakes, a faux mimosa toast, butterflies just spreading their wings, fresh flowers, guitars in the garden, and trumpets in the sanctuary.

Friends, Christ is Risen! May we join together on Sunday in the resounding echo, “Christ is risen indeed!”