Easter is the day on which Jesus, whom we call the Christ, rose from the dead after having been crucified on a cross in Jerusalem after a trial before Pontius Pilate. It is the day on which human hopes for an eternal, loving relationship with God depend.
On this day we celebrate not only Christ's resurrection but the resurrection of all those who love the Lord Jesus. We remember on Easter not so much the crucifixion, for many people were crucified in those brutal day, but that Jesus was crucified not for his sins but as an atonement for all of our sins and that not even death, sin, and evil could hold him in the tomb!
Sunrise on Easter came early, 6:47 a.m. to be exact, but not too early for 33 people who made it to church in the grey dawn. Russell Robertson and Mark Graham gave all the neighbors a beatiful wake up call and lifted worship up!
Some 42 people came to the contemporary service and they were really rewarded. Cassie Sexton designed her first Easter service and it was moving. The youth presented a silent drama about the life and ministry of Jesus that was very powerful.
The smoke as flying in the kitchen as our breakfast team cooked mountains of sausage and bacon as well as making piles of pancakes, mounds of eggs, and a bushel basket of biscuits! The kitchen may smell like sausage and bacon for a month...but some would say that's a good thing!
|Approximately 180 persons gathered to celebrate Christ's resurrection with family, neighbors, and friends. They were led in worship by Pastor John Burton, Student Pastor Cassie Sexton, Rev. Oran Nabors, Rev. Charlotte Nabors, Rev. Steve Shewmake, Janis Tully, and Joshua Mobley.|
|Children are always a vital and important part of any worship service, including Easter Sunday. Here Pastor Cassie dialogues with and teaches some of the children about the Easter Story.|
|.||The music was outstanding! The Choir was dynamic. The string quintet was beautiful. Olivia Justice and Alyssa Taylor sang a beautiful duet, and Mark Graham shone on both the organ and piano|
We were blessed to baptize four young persons and welcome them into the Christian family: Ronan and Phelen Graham, Emilee McMillan, and Colton Choate. In the process we remember the day on which we accepted Jesus and were baptized.
In between storms we had a delightful Easter Egg Hunt that took place immediately after worship. We are not sure exactly how many children participated, they were moving too fast to count (and that was before they started eating the candies and chocolates.)