Flash: ON   October 18, 2017 
Pastor's Update 

Grace and Peace to each of you in the Name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Christ is Risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

During the Easter season we recite these words during our worship liturgy in celebration and thanksgiving for what God has done through Christ. We proclaim the truth of the resurrection, and in that truth we find our salvation: that we shall not die, but live through Jesus Christ!

Pope John Paul II used these words to proclaim our identity as Christians: "We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."  These are wise words worth remembering, as they reflect our Easter proclamation. Because of what God has done through Jesus Christ, we have been changed forever, and our response to God should always be one of thanksgiving and praise.

Even though we now continue in the church year into the Season of Pentecost, and we will use different words in our worship, remember the words "Christ is Risen!" because they frame for us the essence of who we are and whose we are: we are saved and we belong to Christ.  Being saved by grace through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ is the core of what we are as Christians.

So, I encourage you to live as an Easter People -- every day -- knowing that you have been saved through the resurrection of Christ.  Because God loves us, he has chosen to save us! Remind yourself and others of this every day, for it is good news indeed!

Christ is Risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

+ Pastor Jonathan

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