He is Risen - Happy Easter

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Post by Pam » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:16 am

A friend who is a vicar has been ill and unable to lead worship this Holy Week, but has shared what would have been his Easter sermon on his blog. This is a bit of it:
.... for all the joy and fanfare of the Easter celebrations, for all the mystery of faith in God, for all the billions of words used over centuries to explain it all, Christianity itself has a 6 word autobiography: Jesus is risen from the dead.

There are thousands of words in the Bible and none of them make any sense without these 6 words.

These are the words that the breathless women carried from the empty tomb back to the other disciples. These are the words that have been passed from person to person, from community to community, every day since then -- in secret, in triumph, in darkness, in celebration.

These six words that have taken us from scattered, broken people who are lost to the largest religion in the world. It is these six words that have found countless individuals whose lives were already dead -- broken by pain and suffering, by sin and darkness -- and given them new life.

These are the words that are whispered at bedsides and shouted from rooftops and shared at dinner tables and workplaces and in neighborhoods. These are the words that have been forbidden by governments both ancient and modern, and yet somehow they have still been spoken, still been shared. Millions of lives have been transformed by these six words beginning with Mary Magdelene at the empty tomb.

C.S. Lewis once said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

This is the story of our lives, the story of the life of the world, the story of life itself. It is the story of how life is stronger than death, how God’s love for us is stronger than death. It is, in the end, the only story that there is.
And so, in Easter, we hear these six words again: Jesus is risen from the dead.

How will these words change your story? Where do you hear the call to new life -- to come out of the tomb you’ve been sealed in, the tomb of fear or the tomb of hopelessness or the tomb of dreams that have been lost or delayed? How will you receive this news that is now handed again to you?
You can read the whole sermon here.

Jesus is risen from the dead - Alleluia! Alleluia!

Happy Easter to everyone.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:32 am

THOUGHT PROVOKERS:



The evidence for Jesus' resurrection is so strong

that nobody would question it except for two things:

First, it is a very unusual event.

And second, if you believe it happened,

you have to change the way you live.



Wolfhart Pannenberg, in Prism Magazine



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The indisputable Easter fact...

is that Jesus was a more potent factor in Jerusalem

in the weeks and months after His death on Calvary

than when He rode into the city amid the crowds

or sat with His disciples in the Upper Room.



Henry Sloane Coffin



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The great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death,

but that we are to be new here and now

by the power of the resurrection.



Phillips Brooks



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The stone was rolled away from the door,

not to permit Christ to come out,

but to enable the disciples to go in.



Peter Marshall



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Easter is the New Year's Day of the soul.



A.B. Simpson



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Post by Karen » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:23 am

He is risen :spin:
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Post by Isobel » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:46 am

Happy Easter! :sheep: (We can imagine it's a rather overgrown lamb...)

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Post by Caroline » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:16 am

Alleluia! :cross:
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Post by Jae » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:56 am

Alleluia :flowerface:
In the triumph of prayer
Twofold is the spell.
With the folding of hands
There's a spreading of wings
And the soul's lifted up to invisible lands
And ineffable peace .....

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Post by Ernest » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:04 pm

He is risen indeed Allelulia !! :votive1:
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Post by Glo » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:36 pm

He is risen indeed. Alleluia! :sing1:

I loved todays reading from Luke 20.
I am so moved by the tenderness and intimacy of this encounter.

When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’

Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).
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Post by rolyn » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:22 am

He has opened the gates to LIFE everlasting .

ALLELUIA :flowerface: :cross: :flowerface:

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Post by Jennifer » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:49 pm

Ernest wrote:He is risen indeed Allelulia !! :votive1:
:sing2: :woohoo: :sing1: :cheerleader:

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Post by ecobarry » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:51 am

Wonderful Easter message, Pam. :) Please thanks your friend for challenging words. I will certainly use the main message in my next sermon on 21st April about the Resurrection appearances! :thumbs:
It will be given at 8 year old Sam's church at the foot of Pendle Hill. We will pass on the prayers mentioned by our i-church community. :votive2:

Blessings,
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Post by Josie » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:16 pm

:cross: Alleluia! :votive1:
and thank you xxx :flowerface:
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