Holy Week at University Heights

 RISEN!

   This one word from the angel on that Resurrection morning changed everything. The women arrived at the cemetery dark and early, compelled by affection rather than anticipation of anything other than Jesus’ dead body in the tomb. They arrived in the dark, both literally and spiritually with a lingering question, “Who would roll the stone away?”
   We know how the story goes. Christians around the world rejoice at this wonderful news of Jesus Christ marked by the phrase “he is not here, he has risen!” The women were encouraged to “come and see the place where he lay” and then “go and tell the others.”
   Come and see. Go and tell.
   These are still good admonitions when it comes to how we approach Easter. My hope is that we will experience the wonderful truth of Easter, and the power and wonder of that first Easter in particular. Let us come and see what Christ has done, and then share that good news with the world around us.
   I hope you’re excited about Sunday morning. Of course, it’s Easter Sunday. We will experience wonderful music and the baptisms of two new believers in Christ. We’ll hear the message of Christ’s resurrection and how that moment is the singular most important event in human history.
   This upcoming Sunday follows one of the most meaningful church experiences I can recall. Last night, our Tenebrae service reinforced the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Many of you have indicated how moving that worship service was for you. I hope you’ll let Chris, Julie, our Chancel Choir, and others who made that experience possible know how much it meant to you. We left the service in shadows. Indeed, our time together in the darkness of the chapel should make Sunday morning especially meaningful.
   Recently, I received my periodic update from a mentor and seminary professor who is battling cancer. He writes about the emotional ups and downs that go with this struggle. His most recent email included this quote from Meister Eckhart: If you only learn one prayer in your whole life, learn this one. . . “Thank you
   As this Holy Week comes to a close, let’s reflect upon the resurrection of Christ and the joy that comes from knowing him. Let’s also be thankful that we can go through life together as a church family.
   We have a busy weekend coming up. Saturday is our annual Easter Egg hunt. I appreciate those of you who help out with this great event. Then, Sunday will be upon us and we’ll celebrate the truth of what Easter is really all about.
   I look forward to seeing you all soon but until then may we cling to these words: “he is not here, he has risen!”
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