Read Luke 24:1-12

      But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.
      While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”
       Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.  Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.  But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

from Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister:

       Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, Indeed!

This ancient cry of the church is close on our lips this day as we celebrate the defining moment of the world and of our lives.  God has chosen to grant us life and life eternal through Jesus Christ who lives. 

This is no idle tale!  Run quickly towards this gift and be amazed.  Live and live joyously!  On this most holy of days, the church and the faithful have something important to say.  Darkness and pain will not carry the day.  God has declared and insured that light and life win.  So, today, let us sing with all of creation that Christ is Risen!  And may our lives be a reflection of this risen life. 

Almighty God, on this precious Easter morning,
we live with you and sing your praises.
May we unleash all the life that you have put within us, and may we live for you.
 We are yours, and we love you.