A Note from Our Pastor...
In the month of April this year we still linger in the season of Easter. The Easter season is when we are in sync with the change of seasons in our community. Spring is a time when plants are starting to hint at new life and new growth. All around us we see new growth taking place. In our congregation and in our personal lives new things are coming. God is present in our midst as we grow in our faith. God is present as we practice growth in our prayer lives. In the congregation there are also new things happening, new acolytes will be appearing soon,
two youth will be confirmed and new ideas are beginning to emerge.
In my personal life new things are happening. My husband and I are excited to be
finalizing the adoption of our 2 year old daughter Ella. Our four year old daughter,
Addison is so excited for her little sister's “adoption day” and to have a party for her.
We are excited to watch them both learn and grow in their faith as they grow in years.
So today pause and recognize the new growth around you, the plants, the grass
and the trees. And also reflect on the new growth within you this day. Remember
God is continually making all things new in Christ.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Have a blessed new Easter season,
John 11:26 (NIV)
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
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Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.