My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Greetings! Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed!
I hope and pray all is well with you, your wonderful families and all GOD has entrusted to you. Growing up in West Virginia we were taught early on the proverb describing the month of March as “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I remember as class assignments often having to draw or color a sheet representing that proverb with the wind pictured as a lion and the sun as a lamb.
If the weather in early March was nasty and fierce, lion-like, then most likely it would settle down by the end of the month as we entered spring. I don’t think that proverb applies to Florida much but in West Virginia I can remember some years when we had our largest snowfall in March with fierce winds. With some of the outdoor Easter sunrise services I can remember us really seeking the sun rise because it was so frigid in the dark.
Spiritually speaking, this April comes in both like a lion and a lamb for today, April 1st is Easter Sunday! Easter Sunday when we gather, some of us early on before sunrise, to worship our God who has loved us since before the creation of the world; who knew that before the foundations of the universe were laid, that because He loved us His Son would need to die for us. Amazing, isn’t it? Hallelujah!
Today, April comes in like a lamb – Jesus, the Lamb of God who was offered as a pure and holy sacrifice to pay the penalty for all of our sins. Hallelujah! Today, April also comes in like a Lion, the Lion of Judah, who defeated sin, disease and death by ferociously rising victoriously from the grave to reign forevermore! Hallelujah!
There is still time to gather and prepare for our Holy Week activities. We have our Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, March 29th, at 7:00 p.m. where we will see the presence of Christ in the ancient meal of Passover. On Friday, March 30th we have two services: one at noon in which we will walk the Way of the Cross and the other at 7:00 p.m. with our Tenebrae service.
On Saturday morning, March 31st, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. we will host along with our brothers and sisters at St. Andrew Lutheran Church our “Eggstravaganza” for the entire city of Port St. Lucie to gather and perhaps encounter the Living Christ while they hunt Easter eggs. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 1st with our Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. at River Park Marina and our normally-scheduled worship services.
Come and encounter the Living Christ, our Lamb and Lion. And because God loves us so much, let us walk so closely with each other and the Holy Spirit that each month for the rest of our lives will be marked by both the Lion and the Lamb. Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!
May God bless you as you bless all those around you by living, loving and leading like Jesus…