O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives
and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A day is soon coming when the human race will bow their knees to acknowledge and declare that Jesus is the King of king. If you have a friend who doesn’t know Jesus, don’t you think it’s time for you to introduce that friend to Jesus Christ? Your friend will one day bow before Him anyway; the question is, from which place will he bow before Jesus– from Heaven, from earth, or hell?
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may
abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.
Woo Hoo! Did I just say that? Yes, I did
Christ has risen. He has risen indeed! We have heard these words over and over today. We had an amazing celebration of the resurrection today at Parkway. We had choirs (both vocal, and handbells,) praise band, children singing, new songs, old songs, and everything in between as we celebrated the tomb being empty. We got off to an early start and yet, because of the forecasted colder weather – it was a later start than usual, since we didn’t need to set up outside. We had a pair of great services that were off the charts – with excitement and energy. Between the services we had a great fellowship breakfast.
This afternoon, we went to see the movie Heaven is for Real, which features the story of Colton Burpo and his family, who happen to be pastors at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, NE. It is a great movie that speaks to the reality of heaven.
Tomorrow – after almost two straight busy weeks, Pam and I are taking the day off. We plan on heading to one of the two R cities in Virginia – either Richmond or Roanoke. I don’t know which yet. I’m thinking about going to Guitar Center to do some research.
Like I said, it’s been two busy weeks – Planning the services for this weekend and final preparations for the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon this coming weekend. We also had a very meaningful Good Friday service that we called Via Delorosa: The Way of Sorrow.
We also got our final totals for our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. Our teens are looking forward to youth camp and a missions trip to Hephzibah Children’s Home.
That’s about all I’ve got, my mind is shot and I am looking forward to a very relaxing Sabbath tomorrow. Pressing On!
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.