A Note from Pastor (April 2024)

    “He’s risen, He’s risen indeed! Alleluia!”  This is the Biblical greeting which celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Remember the angel told the women who came to find Jesus’ dead body, but instead found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here but has risen. Remember how He told you while he were still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
    Indeed, when we remember the empty tomb, we marvel that Jesus has defeated sin, death and the grave forever and in doing so, He gives the promise of eternal, resurrected lives to all who hear and believe His Word.  
    However, we also remember that until the Lord returns in glory on the last day, we are to seek and find Jesus where He promises be found. He promises to be found in the preaching of the Gospel and in the Sacraments. That means in the daily reading of His Holy Word, hearing it in church and when Jesus announces to us through our pastor, “I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
    We also marvel that we find our Lord’s own glorified body and blood in the Holy Supper, where hearing His words, we believe that what we receive in the bread and the wine is “Given and Shed for you, for the forgiveness of your sins.”  These too are words which celebrate a “little Easter” in the Divine Service every Sunday, all because “He’s risen, He’s risen indeed! Alleluia!”  In the name of Jesus.     

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