The earth shook with the news. He is not here; He is risen! And in that moment, joy replaced despair, hope pushed past fear, and life conquered death not just that day, but for eternity.
We celebrate the resurrection of Christ for what it meant then and what it means for us every day. It is a sacrifice that brings forgiveness, renewal, and peace to any of us who put our faith in Jesus.
April 8, 2012, the Church, in much of the world is celebrating Resurrection Day. At Mt. Carmel we will do the same.
Thursday night, in a “come and go” service, we will observe Holy Communion and pray. It is a Service of Healing Prayer, specifically designed for those undergoing physical, emotional, relational or spiritual struggles. It will be led by Bro. Bill and his wife, Cindy. The sanctuary is open for worship between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.
At Noon on Good Friday we will meet for worship with our focus on the last hours of Jesus’ life, his death on the cross, and with particular attention given to the question, “Why have you forsaken me?”
Of course, Sunday morning will be the time we celebrate Christ’s resurrection in two services of worship, 8:00 am and 10:15 am. Easter music, scriptures and a message of hope will make this day extra special.
No matter where we are or what burdens we might be carrying, we have reason to give thanks and praise for the unmatched love of our Savior. As you celebrate, we hope you will embrace the fullness of resurrection as expressed in God’s Word.
You might consider reading The Story of Easter all in one sitting before Sunday morning, or listen to the Resurrection story in John 20 with your family, or simply re-read your favorite passage to refresh your faith.
As we celebrate the blessings of Easter, may we experience a rebirth and renewal that courses through our hearts and minds, spilling over into our lives and our community throughout the year.
He is risen indeed.