Happy Easter!! What a wonderful blessing Easter is for Christians. It is the event that
makes sense out of our faith and allows us to fully realize just how much God loves us. Easter
is more than a reason for family to get together and have an awesome meal. It is God’s way of
saying “This is how much I love you, now if you want to be my followers go and love others
the same way.”
Easter is so important to our faith that we should be Easter people all year long, but
since He knows that we cannot do that,- He has given us the Easter Season to remember just
how much He loves us. He gave us the greatest gift he could ever give us - OUR SALVATION.
Even after all that we have done and been through, He took our sins to the cross. What an
amazing God we have and what a spectacular example he has of caring. There are so many
lessons that we can learn during his season. The events of this season shape who and what
we are all about. We need to rise above any situation that we are in and look for the presence
of Christ, knowing that He is with us every moment of every day. That nothing can keep him
down, not even death itself. We, too, are called to be his examples of that kind of love in the
As we step into HOLY WEEK this week, may we really take time out of our busy
schedules to focus on the events of this week and not only attend services, but rather
experience all that Christ wants to give us during this most Holy of Seasons. I invite you to
join us for services this week, no matter who you are or where you have been. Know that
God’s presence is with you every step of the way.
I pray that this Holy Week, Easter, and Easter season is like no others before it. I pray
that you experience it for all that it has to offer and that it changes you from the inside out,
and that we are all better and stronger in our faith, than we have ever been before.
May the love of the Risen Christ fill you; May the Peace of the Risen Christ cover you
and May the presence of the Risen Christ – lead you.
In Christ Love,
Rev. Stephen W. Barch