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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019 – Covenant Community Church, Birmingham Alabama

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019

This Sunday, Covenant will join with Christians all over the world in “A Celebration of the Resurrection,” we know as Easter. After an intense week that began with much joy, promise and hope on Palms Sunday; we have traveled the road of Holy week recalling the betrayal, trials, death by crucifixion and burial of The One Who was the reason for such Palm Sunday excitement.

But this Sunday, our Palm Sunday emotions are back and greater because it’s Easter! Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, writes years later. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who ask you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Easter, our Celebration of the Resurrection, is the answer we give to the reason for our hope.

In my sermon last Sunday, I said that resurrection and hope is more important than crucifixion and death; but you would never know it by the symbols we use for Christianity. I noted the 3 crosses up front in our own sanctuary and then, I raised this question: “Where are symbols of resurrection? I pointed out that they were there; we don’t readily recognize them because we spend so much time on crosses and death.”

Since “God shows no partiality; Resurrection means in the words of a great Easter hymn, “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today, … He Lives! You ask me how I know He Lives. He Lives within my heart!” If we have said yes to walking in relationship with God, then we acknowledge that Jesus lives in us. Therefore, we are the symbols of resurrection! Of course, implication here is we should live as symbols of hope and resurrection.

Join us this Easter Sunday morning for A Celebration of the Resurrection. My sermon with be “Living in Resurrection Power” based on Acts 10:34-43 and Luke 24:1-6.

COVENANT’S SCHEDULE FOR EASTER SUNDAY:

7:30 AM Sunrise Service (Sanctuary)

8:00 AM Easter Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)

10:00 A Celebration of the Resurrection (Sanctuary)

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