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Why Do You Look For The
Living Among The Dead?
When the women arrive at the tomb on Easter morning the messengers in dazzling clothes ask the women, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” In many ways this is the central question for Easter and our entire lives as the baptized children of God. Jesus Christ is alive, raised from the dead. A new day has dawned and by God’s grace love triumphs over hate, joy over sadness, hope over despair and that cadence goes on and on.
On Easter Sunday, it is the same question for us. Why do we look for what is wrong instead of celebrating what is right? Why do we share critique more quickly than affirmation? Why do we assume the worst instead of looking for signs of hope and new beginning? Why do we live in anger and not by gracious love? Why do we concentrate on what divides us instead of listening for the common ground where your story meets my story?
Why? Because we are broken, fragile human beings who know well the hurt, fear and anxiety of life. We tend to live from that story of brokenness and not the Easter story of new life. The beauty of this moment is that the question does not come as accusation, but invitation. Jesus Christ is alive and invites us to look for life among the living. There we will see God. There we will see one another in new and wondrous ways.
In the name of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, Pastor David Wrightsman
PS: For further study and prayer... Prayer Guide in the Week of Easter Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! We join with all earth and heaven in singing our Alleluias! The question of the messengers, the angels, is our prayer question for the week(s) ahead: why do we look for the living among the dead?Why do we expect the worst? Why do we resist change? Why do we seek comfort over surprise? May this beautiful message of Easter shape your daily prayer this week: Lord, how do I now seek the living among the living?
Luke 24:5:The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the man said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.”
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Part 1: "In the Night in Which He Was Betrayed" Part 2: "The Night in the Garden" Pastor David Wrightsman
Greeters: First Communion Students
Sound Board: Michael Weber
Ushers: Mark and Sue Knudson
Acolyte: Henry Brazier
Communion Servers: Vicki Faehn Kurt Kumlin
Basket Holders: Keegan Weber Britta Coon
Worship Leaders Pastor David Wrightsman
Assisting Ministers: Eric Gustafson & Jerry Dufeck
Gospel Readers: Kurt Kumlin Vicki Faehn
Cantor: Gayle Anderson
Music: Kris Olson & Jeanne Kumlin
Special Music: The Holy Week Choir
Getting to the heart of Good Friday liturgy, experience the passion in this beautiful and quiet service at the foot of the cross.
Ushers needed at both Easter Services! Reply to this e-mail if you are able to help!
More Confessions from Katie’s office…
I feel like this could probably be the title of my monthly column in the e-blast. Or maybe we could call it Katie’s Confessions! I seem to do most of the confessing. Ha!
Anyway, I have another confession to make: Ready for this one? It’s a doozy… I’ve never been to a Good Friday service before.
I’m serious. Don’t judge.
It wasn’t something my family did when I was a kid and in my pre-parent adult years I always had other plans on Friday nights. Once I became a parent, the thought of “dragging” my kids to ONE extra worship service in a week always felt hard enough. I couldn’t comprehend making them go to TWO EXTRA services in one week; especially not on back-to-back days. Frankly that sounds like torture for both of us.
But now that I work in a church, my focus seems to have shifted and it doesn’t seem so far-fetched. I’m actually going to be here this year. Not because I’m working. I don’t get paid for my time when I’m here worshiping. I’m going to be here because I genuinely want to be here.
I sat in the planning meeting for this service (by the way, do you have any idea what actually goes into planning worship? I sure didn’t – but that’s a whole different confession post!) and I am so excited to try a Good Friday service! Okay, considering the topic, maybe ‘excited’ isn’t the right word to use. But I am looking forward to the imagery of the whole service.
I’m eager to grasp a nail in my own hand, feel the coolness of the metal and maybe the sharpness of the end. I’m anticipating the sound it will make when I drop it into a bucket at the foot of the cross. I’m excited to light a candle in quiet prayer and let my heart become heavy, because by Easter morning the heavy sadness will be replaced by a joy I can’t even comprehend. Sure part of it is because I get to go eat at Michael’s grandma’s house and both the food and company will be excellent, but most of it comes from the cross itself.
Our sins are forgiven because of that cross.
So where will I be on Good Friday? Here. In the sanctuary. Either in the 4th row from the front or in the sound booth. That depends on if I can ‘drag’ my husband to church for two extra services. (Just kidding; he already agreed to do sound board.)
See you Thursday for Maundy Thursday and again Good Friday.
Maybe you’ll think about trying something new this year, too?