New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church

3233 Apples Church Road

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

Saturday Worship: 6:00 PM

(1st Saturday of the Month)

Sunday Church School: 10:30 AM (Sept-May)

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Mon-Fri)

610-838-0731

610-838-8573

newjerelc@gmail.com

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Pastor Lauren's May 2017 Inspiration

May 5, 2017

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!

     Christ is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

 

Celebrating Easter with you all this year was so much fun! I knew it was going to be a big deal, considering I missed out on Easter celebrations last year while I was recovering on maternity leave.  Celebrating this year brought out more gusto and joy than I have ever experienced on Easter!  Between the kids and their Alleluia Jinglers, the robust call and response of proclaiming Christ’s resurrection, the enthusiastic singing of the classic Easter hymns, and the retelling of the story of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary’s trip to the tomb the first Easter morning.

 

Still perplexed and mourning the death of their beloved Jesus, Mary and Mary approached the tomb to continue their journey through grief.  Just then, the earth began to quake!  And an angel appeared and rolled the stone away!  “Do not fear,” God’s messenger said.  “Come and see. Jesus is not here!  He has gone ahead of you.  You will see him out there in the world.”

 

In those moments, Mary and Mary, were the church.  They were the only ones that had heard the good news that Jesus was no longer dead.  They were the only ones to hear the age old message of comfort, “Do not fear,” with a new hope and assurance.  They were the only ones to see the empty tomb where Jesus once was laid.  They were the ones told to keep their eyes peeled for how Jesus’ resurrection was making changes in the world around them.  Mary and Mary were the church.  And what made this message so powerful for them?  I suspect the experiences they shared with Jesus and the relationships they built with him as disciples, companions, friends, and family members, left them feeling deeply lost at his death.  I imagine having spent so much time in Jesus’ presence and living with him as a component of their daily lives left them feeling like something was missing when he was crucified and buried.  And then; to see that he was no longer there! And to hear that he was alive! And to receive the invitation to have him with them again!

 

I can imagine these feelings because for the past year and a half, I have become part of the church here, and have been welcomed into your lives.  I have heard your stories, your anxieties, your suggestions, and your celebrations.  I have shared in feeling your pain and concerns.  I have prayed with you and for you as you live your lives and experience all that life entails.  And through all of these experiences, I have grown to love you.  With this love comes great joy to proclaim with you the hope-filled message of Easter morning:  Do not fear.  Jesus is risen!  He is out ahead of you, so keep watch!  No matter how bad things may seem, there is always hope!  Nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!

     Christ is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

 

Peace in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Lauren Applegate

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