Pastor Mark’s Devotions, April 6

Please note – the videos for the Palm Sunday sermon are now posted on our website – just click the little “video” icon at the far right. (Thanks, Sharon!!)

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“Spread the Word”

Jesus said, “GO home and TELL how much God has done for you. So, the demoniac went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:39

 

EASTER MORNING: “DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION” –

7:30 – 11 a.m.

EASTER CROSS DECORATED! 

SPREAD THE WORD!

 

I am jumping the gun a bit. This is Monday morning of Holy Week and what’s up with already writing about Easter Morning. We just want you to have time to spread the word. If people want to drive to church and receive Holy Communion while remaining in their cars = we are going to provide the elements for you. The sun is expected to shine. The SON we know will rise. It will be a beautiful Easter morning the celebrate the resurrection of our King. We are going to do what we can to honor him as we also honor the restrictions that have been laid down. The Easter cross will be decorated.                        

 He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed, Hallelujah!!

On that first Easter morning, the angel of the Lord told the women, “Come and see the place where Jesus lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead’”. (Matthew 28:6-7)

The command to “Come and See” and “Go and Tell” has been a directive that has been given many times in Scripture. Easter morning, the women, the most unlikely characters, were invited to witness the evidence of the empty tomb. They  were then directed to share the unfathomable news with their friends. Even though the women’s voices were to carry no weight, there would be no wait for this proclamation. The Gospel of Mark says that the women initially refrained from saying anything to anyone out of fear. But that didn’t last long! Thus, began the spreading of the Easter message that has been spreading over the globe for over 2,000 years.

In the middle of Jesus’ ministry, in the midst of the Decapolis, Jesus calls another most unlikely character to “Go and Tell” the Good News. A demoniac encountered Jesus and was resurrected from a legion of demons. His home was living among the dead, but Jesus raised him to new life. The one restored, wanted to follow Jesus as one of his disciples. But Jesus sends him back to his hometown with the instructions, “Go and Tell how much God has done for you.”

Each morning we are given the opportunity to “Come and See” what God is doing. And then when we see it, to “Go and Tell” anyone who will listen. This is the mission of the church. Whether we gather together in a church building or not, we are to sharing what we know about the One who knows us!

This week, we will not be able to gather together in our sanctuary. But nothing can keep Easter from arriving. And we are determined to do what we can to celebrate Jesus victory over death.

So, we will offer “DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION” for anyone that wants to participate. The Easter cross will be decorated and “INDIVIDUALLY SEALED” communion sets will be handed out in your cars, as you drive through the parking lot.  

I will be at church from 7:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

My thought is you can come to church, receive communion then return home and watch our Easter Worship online.  

We will not be gathering publicly. We will honor safe distancing along with using masks and gloves. The local news covered an Anglican church celebrating in this way yesterday for Palm Sunday.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SAFETY CONCERNS, PLEASE SIMPLY STAY AT HOME!

If you feel directed, Spread the Word.

Worship and Messages will also be on our website for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter!

Pastor Mark