It’s Who We Are

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Now on the first day of the week…John 20:1

As you enter, the sound of music greets you, as does the joyful faces and voices of those who love you and whom you love.

You are welcomed to join your voice in the singing and celebration as the name above all names is called upon and worshiped.

You come to the tomb: the result of sin – the sins of others as well as your own sin. You come to the tomb not to be condemned, but to be reminded that there is One who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – even your sin. You are absolved and cleansed and made new.

You are reminded that no matter what you are facing or have come through, that the One who made You has never left your side and continues to walk with you – even through your stumbling and falling, your sin and death – and dares to declare the promise of forgiveness.

You join with others to lift up prayers and praises, requests and declarations to One who listens and has spared no expense to spend eternity with you.

Precious and powerful promises are announced and discussed as your faith grows by hearing God’s Word spoken aloud.

You stand together with others, professing your love and trust in the three-in-One who is determined to prove His love for you. As your heart and voice enter into the words of this creed, you are joined to the faith of the fathers and mothers who have gone before you, claimed by God who has created, saved and daily empowers you with His Spirit. You declare the powerful reality that we are the children of God who will rise from death to everlasting life.

You join with others to lift up prayers and praises, requests and declarations to the throne of grace where you will find mercy and grace to help in time of need.

Then, a table is unveiled. A meal is shared.

You gather to remember as you take and eat, the body of Christ broken for you.

You are reminded as you take and drink, the blood of Christ shed for you.

You receive His life into yours with joy as you are cleansed and restored, your sins wiped away, a time of refreshing that comes from the presence of the Lord.

Though the world around you is uncertain, unstable, unprecedented – God your Father is sure, strong, and painstakingly steadfast in His love for you. God who did not spare His own son, but gave Himself up for you – remains determined for you to know His love.

As you prepare to leave, you are blessed with ancient words of God who desires to bless and keep you. You are reminded that the face of God shines upon you – looks upon you with great joy and delight. Jesus – who is our Peace – promises to guard your heart and mind, intent for you to know and trust Him. Blessed, you are now a blessing sent to show Christ to others who have forgotten or who have not yet met the One who is the lover of their souls.

This is what we do, this is who we are – as we gather on the first day of the week.              Pastor Jon