May – June 2019 Newsletter: “The Messenger”

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From the Pastor’s Pen

Now we see clearly the rest of the story. Death is not the end. Violence is not victorious. The Lord is risen! Death loses its sting, and God’s light permanently overcomes the darkness of evil. This is the new world in which the Christian now lives – the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, life abundant and eternal. This is the news that brings hope to every Christian in every age and situation. It is the truth that gives courage and hope in the darkest hour and brings comfort, joy, and peace for all time. Even thestrongest doubts surrender as Christ’s livingpresence makes itself known to the followers of Jesus Christ.

Now we anticipate the outpouring of God’s Spiritupon us to enable us to live faithfully and joyfully as redeemed and beloved children of God. We realize now as never before the extravagant mercy and love of God for humanity and for all creation. This boundless and contagious love moves us day by day to live as Jesus lived, offering love, mercy, peace, and compassion to all we meet. This courageous love sends the faithful to visit the prisoner, heal the sick, feed the hungry, rescue the lost, provide for the poor, and offer inclusion to the lonely.

The season of Easter is set within the fifty daysfollowing our Lord’s resurrection. This seasonincludes the Lord’s ascension and leads us to theseason of Pentecost. Pentecost reminds us that we are never alone as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is sent to instruct, guide, and comfort us; to give us hope and joy and companion- ship through this life and into the next. Now we do know the rest of the story.

Now we can make the gospel story our own!

Pastor Lee Ellenberger