Read Matthew 28.1-10

                After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

                So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


From Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

Our Lord, the Risen Christ, greets us and calls us to a posture of joy! The good news is on the scene. He lives and is risen and comes to us abundantly. We have now been given the truth of the matter. Where once death resided, life now looms large. Where fear and pain ruled, rejoicing and hope now claim the primary place in the lives of the faithful.   In the church this morning we let loose in praise, Alleluias are sung, love is exchanged, Easter hymns are offered with beauty, and the testimony of the church is joyously offered in the streets, alleys, hills and hollows of our region. We are Easter people! Because he lives, we live! We have word to share and life abundant to rejoice in. This truly is the day that the Lord has made, and this is the day that has shaped all of creation and all of humanity with life.


For love and life dear God, we give great thanks and praise

on this holiest of days.