Easter Sunday was wonderfully joyful, but Easter is not done yet! Easter is not
only one Sunday, but is an entire season that lasts for 50 days! That’s even
longer than Lent. We celebrate Easter until Pentecost, June 9, so if we haven’t
sung your favorite Easter hymn, just wait, there are lots of opportunities to do
I wonder what it would look like if we really believed and acted in the power of
God that raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. What kind of an impact would
that have on our individual lives and on our congregation…even our world?
Would we see more harmony in our homes if we all operated out of a dynamic
relationship with the living God? This does not mean that at home we wouldn’t
become irritated with each other from time to time, but that when that does
happen, forgiveness would be the rule of thumb.
In our own congregation, couldn’t it make a huge difference if we let the power
of God’s love flow through us in an even greater way to one another? Rather
than being sensitive and getting hurt when someone has offended us, could we
talk with the person and forgive them? Would we see less violence if all of God’s
people walked in God’s ways? Indeed, that would change everything!
We can only control what we do. This Easter Sunday people at worship were
attacked; this time in Sri Lanka. I can’t help but weep at all the violence that has
been perpetrated against people of faith: Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other
faiths as well. Could God work through us to make a difference in all the pain?
Besides our prayers, we just never know how we can influence someone who
has contact with another and so forth. Especially today, the world has become
much smaller with the advent of social media.
Some of our giving goes to churchwide and is disseminated to organizations
within our denomination such as Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA World
Hunger, ELCA Advocacy and other ministries of our church. In this way, our
support as Easter people affects the entire world.
Locally, the living Easter Spirit of Christ works through us at Lake Chautauqua
Lutheran Center as they work with people of all ages, however, primarily youth
in the summer. Year-round they offer activities for everyone. It is still through
their Lutheran camping experience that so many young people hear and
respond to God’s call to ministry. That was true of many of my younger
seminary classmates. Talk to any of the younger pastors and you will find that to
Now I’d like to switch gears a bit and focus on what is happening this month at
St. Timothy. You won’t want to miss church on Sunday, May 5. Pastor Jim
Slater will be leading worship with a Beatles liturgy entitled, Jesus Rocks. Those
of us who were Beatles fans in our youth are especially excited about this.
Another important Sunday is May 19, which is One Voice. One Hope. One
County Sunday. This is something the Addiction Response Ministry is asking all
the churches to participate in. Our focus will be the addiction epidemic in our
county and what is being done to combat this, including the role of faith in
God bless you all during this Easter season. May you have a greater hunger for
God and may you experience Christ’s life working through you in new and