Pastor's Note
A Word From the Pastor, Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster

Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
Senior Pastor,
Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
Matthew 20:17-19
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17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Every year we get together for Easter. Some of us like the sunrise service, others of us love to come to the service at 10am. Most of us have plans with family, friends, and loved ones later on in the day. Easter is a day of celebration for us, as it should be. After all, we are an Easter people! We have spent weeks reflecting on what Easter is about, so we should celebrate!

But what is the real reason you celebrate on Easter? What is the real thing that brings you joy (or is it stress with that big meal later on in the day)? Easter is what defines us as Chris-tians. It's why we have those special Communion Sundays once a month. Easter is what shows that we have value and worth in God's eyes. Easter is how we know that we are loved by God.

Take time this Easter to celebrate being an Easter person. Take time this Easter celebrating that the God that created everything loves you! Family, friends, and loved ones are a won-derful blessing...but let's not forget the real reason that we are gathering together. We are a blessed people!

I invite us to reflect on this prayer for the month:
Lord God, You loved this world so much, that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, everyday. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon Your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace and tell your good news to the world. All for your glory do we pray, Lord, Amen.

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