Week in the Word: Invitation to New Life


This is the message I preached at sunrise service, Sunday April 1, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC.   I hope to share my Easter sermon for the full regular Easter service tomorrow.  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.   

easter lily crown of thornsAllelujah! Christ is risen!  This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

As we rise with the sun this Easter morning, gathered outside, with the church graveyard in view, we remember how the first disciples became believers, Christians, by gathering among the graves that first Easter morning.   These first believers did not come to Easter morning as we often do, full of joy, hope, gratitude, and celebration. They came carrying…

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