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Easter—the Beginning?

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
Matthew 28:16

The angel told Mary Magdalena at the empty tomb; “go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

Jesus said: “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21

Easter is a wonderful time in the year. It occurs in the spring – a time of warmer weather, and new life. The church goes all out every Easter as we should. Jesus has died on the cross for us, and on the third day as promised rose from the dead defeating death for all eternity. And we shout “Christ has risen” He has risen indeed” we do this with great gusto realizing we have been saved from our sins once and for all. There is no written law we have to follow in order to receive forgiveness of our sins. Through the grace of God and our faith, we the baptized who believe are saved, and did nothing to deserve it. In the death of one, we all receive new life, and we rejoice.

But life with Christ did not end on Easter. It was only the beginning. Discipleship did not end at the cross or at the empty tomb. It was a new beginning for all the disciples. They went back to Galilee and spent time with the risen Lord, no doubt to receive more instruction that would prepare them to be sent out into the world. How else would the world learn of his victory of death?

Our discipleship does not end on Easter. In many ways, we go on to Galilee for more instruction when we attend Sunday school and study the Holy Scriptures with other disciples or as we gather for worship and experience his words for us through the reading of scripture, proclamation from the pulpit, through the hymns, and the prayers.
Our little trips to Galilee each Sunday lead us into greater service to the Lord. For each of us, it is different, and it will vary through the years. Sometimes we give our time to serve, other times it is money to help others go out into the world. For most of us, it is a blend of both.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth was not an ending, but a beginning of a new life for all his disciples then, through the ages and today.

Jesus did not let his disciples mourn for long, as he told them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

In Christ,

—Pastor Ernie

news & events

April 4Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4 @ 1 PM
Ages 2-12 years
Prizes for most eggs & for finding ‘special’ eggs. St. John’s lawn—inn case of rain, go to fellowship hall.

April 9Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

April 11Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations accepted to benefit Iredell Christian & 5th Street Ministries

April 12New Member Reception

There is a reception in fellowship hall on Sunday, April 12 after worship in honor of all those who have joined St. John’s in 2014 or 2015. Plan to stay after worship that day and congratulate our newest members and get to know them a bit.

April 19Port-A-Pit BBQ Chicken Fundraiser

½ chicken, baked beans, slaw & homemade dessert. Thursday, April 16 from 11 AM – 6:00 PM
Proceeds to benefit the Youth Mission Trip. Get your tickets from any of the youth or see Laurie Dishman

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services

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Sunday, March 29—Palm Sunday

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Monday, March 30

6:00 pm Young Life (Scout Hut)

Wednesday, April 1

9:30 am Rebekah Circle
4:45 pm Youth to 5th Street
6:30 pm Handbells
6:00 pm Youth
7:30 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 2—Maundy Thursday

12:00 pm Lunch, Scripture & Prayer
7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Worship
7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Friday, April 3 - Good Friday

Noon Community Worship @ Forest Park Pres Church
7:00 pm Worship

Saturday, April 4

1:00 pm Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 5—Easter Sunday

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

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