Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs,
As I listened to the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service last night, I was reminded once again of the horrors of Jesus’ final hours, of the suffering and isolation he experienced at the end of his life. In Mark’s gospel the only words spoken by Jesus from the cross were “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, we still call today Good Friday.
Why is today good? Today is good because, through the resurrection of Jesus, death is defeated. Jesus’ blood redeemed us and now covers our sin. This unjust killing led to an unstoppable gospel movement encompassing all people everywhere. Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection are the means for us to be made right with God. His eternal life became our inheritance, along with the revelation of God’s vision of reconciliation and restoration.
After a year filled with darkness and uncertainty, we all long for a message of hope. That is what Easter offers: light overcomes darkness, love defeats hate, and life conquers death. If you didn't have a chance last evening to watch the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service, it is available all day today to mark Good Friday. It can be viewed on on cor.org/live, YouTube, and our Facebook page. We also invite you to take some time in prayer today, remembering and reflecting on Jesus’ crucifixion. Prayer suggestions are available here. If you happen to be near our Leawood or West campus, you are also invited to experience our prayer walks at south of Building A in Leawood, or east of the Resurrection West building.
Then plan to join us this Easter as together we celebrate Easter and its message of hope! Worship with inspiring music and Pastor Adam's hope-filled message either online or in person. We have currently filled our 9 and 11 am in-person worship services but there is still plenty of room at 7 am. Take a moment to register now (here's the link). You can also worship:
This afternoon I will be preparing the worship space and decorating the sanctuary with spring flowers. I treasure this time every year to reflect and to give thanks in prayer for each one of you. I long to see all your faces and look forward to celebrating Easter with you either in spirit or together in-person for worship. May you have a blessed Easter!
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