Happy Easter! Today was a wonderful day in Chuckatuck and we were able to host our Community Easter Sunrise service for the first time since 2019. We have missed gathering as a community with people from all congregations nearby and it was a fitting start to the Easter season. Thankfully, Easter is almost as late as it can be this year, it was warmer (54 degrees) than in past years (as cold as 37 degrees). Our attendance was a little less than we had in the years leading up to COVID but still a hearty congregation to hear the message of Easter. Blessings on the journey of Easter Week.

In worship today we were reminded that, through Jesus’ death human death has been declared powerless. Our death to sin is no more if we live in Christ and modeling our life after Christ. Our Psalmist sang a song that tells us to give thanks to God for God is good. No matter how inconsequential we feel, the rejection by society is nothing more than God in Christ received. Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells Peter’s story as he meets Cornelius. Peter has just seen something unexpected as he prays and God leads him to a new beginning, reaching outside his comfort zone. Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth reminds us that our hope is not in this time or in this world. The hope we have is fulfilled in Jesus and the promises made throughout the Bible. The sermon today was based on the gospel reading from Luke which recounts the three (plus) women who go to the tomb and find it empty. In the unexpected encounter with the angels then Jesus they hear the truth – that the promises made by Jesus have been fulfilled (his Resurrection). The promises made in the Bible must be fulfilled also. The story the women tell is of the unexpected encounter and their conviction that the truth is the truth.

How is this Easter inviting you to look for God’s unexpected presence around you? How do you tell the story of the unexpected nature of God? I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

Video of worship: https://youtu.be/UAfNR7nLYLA

Sermon video: https://youtu.be/ARCj3icN8BE

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