Neil Nichols served as the Lay Minister and John Greve, David Maitland, and Arthur Clark read the Lessons and Psalm.
The Collect: O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
The Response: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 was led by David Maitland. * (verse 24) “On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
The First Reading was read by Arthur Clark: Acts 10:34-43. Peter relates how he and the other disciples were witnesses to all of Jesus’ healing and teaching before his death. Then he told the people how Jesus had died and then was resurrected from his death on the cross. Jesus is ordained by God to be the judge of the living and the dead. Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life in God’s kingdom.
The Second Reading was read by John Greve from1 Corinthians 15:19-26. Paul tells us that Christ came as a human and his resurrection was also of a human. This gives us the hope that believers will also be resurrected in their time. But first, Christ will come again to rule and destroy all power in opposition to him. The last to be destroyed is death.
Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of John where it tells of Mary Magdalene going to the tomb of Jesus and discovering that he was not there. She quickly ran and told Peter and other disciples what she had seen and they also went to discover that he was gone. They saw his cloths and wrappings there, but no body. They still had difficulty fully understanding the scripture and returned to their homes. Mary Magdalene stayed and wept and then saw two angels sitting there. Then Jesus appeared to her and told her that he was returning to his Father and God, the same who was also her God. Then she went to the disciples and told them that she had seen Jesus and what he had said to her.
Reverend Frnka explained that his followers had thought that it was finished when Jesus died on the cross. Mary Magdalene had gone to the tomb to care for the body and was astonished to find it gone. She was sure someone had taken it away for she was concerned about the things of this life. Then when she heard his voice and recognized him, it was her “Easter” moment. She realized what Jesus had been telling them about his death and resurrection was a reality.
Easter is now, and it will never go away. His body is transformed for he has accomplished his mission on earth. He is in heaven with his Father and is our advocate. We all have our Easter moments when we realize that Christ came as a human to save us, but now he is once more with his Father. Easter comes over and over again when we become aware of God’s good works around us. Through the Holy Spirit which Christ left to comfort and guide us, we can see Christ in our daily lives. We know he lives!
Baptism is a celebration of a change in our lives. We are dead to our past sins and reborn to live a new life in Christ’s love. We must do what we can to be open to his love. What does God intend to make of us? To what must we die to be called to newness?
Today Diane Maitland was baptized by Reverend Frnka and St. Matthew’s congregation welcomed her to her new life in Christ. Everyone renewed his Baptismal vows during the baptismal service.
After the church service everyone celebrated the baptism in the Parish Hall with fellowship and refreshments. Next Sunday’s service will be at 9 a.m. with Reverend James Abernathy as pastor. All are welcome to join in worship of the risen Lord. PIM web site.