Easter Greetings!  What a glorious day to celebrate the risen Christ.  The congregation shared in a fellowship breakfast this morning and then shared in worship to celebrate the hope of this day.  As has become our tradition, we bloomed the cross as part of our service.  You can see a photo of the beautiful result. 

 

John 20New International Version (NIV)

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalenewent to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Colleen G. shared a reading about Mary’s witness of the risen Lord.  Tina C. and James S. shared their own testimonies of the living Christ.  Where do you see Christ at work in the world?  Are you seeking opportunities to share your witness?

Everlasting God – Thank You for the blessings of this day, Resurrection Sunday.  We’ve felt Your Spirit with us as we journeyed in the wilderness through Lent.  We recognize that we each experience wilderness moments in different ways and at different time in our life.  Each year, though, we make our way through the wilderness together, reminded that Your presence is with us, surrounding and guiding us, accompanying us.  And as we come out of the wilderness, we celebrate the living Christ, not just today, but whenever we experience a resurrection moment.  We are thankful for the hope that Christ’s resurrection gives to us and for Your love, which is with us always.  As we respond to that love, may we continue seeking the living Christ in our lives, looking for opportunities to witness of You and the love You have for each one.  We pray this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.