Jesus sent his disciples on a “trial run” of sorts while he was alive. He gave them the power to witness, anoint and heal and sent them out with only the promise that they would be cared for. Now he has died, risen and been taken up to heaven–leaving them to carry out his ministry. They’ve been through a lot and must feel a bit powerless without him. But the instructions are clear. They will be his witness and the Holy Spirit will be with them. When we are feeling powerless to make change in this overwhelming world, will we proclaim the power of the Holy Spirit with us, just as he told us?
We discover on Easter that “Love Wins.” This all-generational worship service will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with special music, prayers and liturgy. Our sanctuary is flooded with color from flowers given in honor or memory of loved ones. An invitation to sing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus concludes worship.