From the Pastor | 4.25.19

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” —John 20:19-23

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday (thank you Jay and choir and all who assisted with preparations for the breakfast, egg hunt and services) and are having a blessed Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the empty tomb, and the appearances of Christ to hundreds of those first followers (see 1 Corinthians 15:6). And it is into this troubled world of ours that the risen Christ comes and speaks these words, “Peace be with you.” We sorely need this. The recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killing 253 people is terrible and a blatant disregard for life. How sad and painful the world that God created can be towards one another. Forgive us, good Lord. Even though the message of Easter is the truth that good overcomes evil…it is still very much present. The peace that Jesus gives us is a peace that the world cannot give (John 14:27) and is therefore all the more important to abide and dwell in this peace as we gather for Word and Sacrament, prayer and fellowship on the Lord’s Day with each other. Pray for our brothers and sisters persecuted throughout the world. And may His peace be yours — and through you — extend to one another. -pastor