We are greatly looking forward to celebrating the resurrection together this Easter Sunday. Our hope is that all who come to worship anywhere in the world will feel a rich sense of God’s presence and the gospel’s power. Pray with us for the Lord to move mightily.
Our theme this Easter is “New Hope from New Life” and I will contrast the songs of two women: Fontaine (from Les Miserables) and Mary Magdalene. The desperate, despairing song of Fontaine finds hope and wholeness in the new song of Mary Magdalene — her story of sin and shame swallowed up in the victory of the cross of Christ.
We will imaginatively enter into the experience of Mary on that first Easter morning, and pray that her experience of encountering Christ will become our experience.
This message is specifically for all who are weary and wounded, battered and bruised. You are the one our Gracious Redeemer is seeking.
He defeated death.
He purchased our hope.
And now we can sing:
No guilt, no shame
No curse, no chains
New life, You gave Redeemer!