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Concerns & Celebrations, WOW Wednesdays, We Form Kids, In the Library, Music News, CASA Apartment Update, Capital Campaign News, Aperture: Signs and Wonders: Two Families Who Share a Heart, Local Bull City Events, Property Manager Opening, Easter Offer Update, 2018 Vacation Church School, Westminster School for Children, Community Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Preaching Schedule, Worship Volunteers
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.”
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
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When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”Read more...
It is such a joyous morning! Everyone is dressed in colorful clothes, the choir and brass are here in full and wonderful sound, the flowers of spring surround us, inside and out. Easter is indeed a joyful day because it is the day we remember that God, in Jesus, conquered death and sin by rising from the grave.
And so we sing. Don’t you think the first disciples at the empty tomb must have sung in joy? It would not be an African spiritual like “My Lord, What a Morning,” or a hymn like “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” but it may have been a Hebrew song, a chant or a psalm.Read more...