Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Makes a Difference

Last week during worship we followed the Passion story from Palm Sunday through to Jesus death. Our sermon can be found here.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the country, a social service agency sent out a letter to a recipient of their services: "We have received notice that you are deceased. Your food stamps will be stopped effective immediately. You may re-apply if there is any change in your circumstances."

Consider the story of Easter for a moment. The Easter message implies that there has been a change in our circumstances. Christ rose from the grave. God demonstrated that death is not the ultimate enemy or the final calamity. We are not called to “Live for today, for tomorrow we die,” but live in the confident faith that every action we make on earth is related to eternity.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes new life a possibility for every person. He died to offer to us the forgiveness of God. No longer should fear of what is past and now forgiven hold us back. He was raised that we may know that God has our future in God's hands. And that future looks bright!

For sure there will be low points in our spiritual pilgrimages, but Easter is not meant to be one of them. Easter is a time for rejoicing. Rejoicing in the eternal life God offers to all who believe. Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit whom God sends to empower us for Christian living.

Rejoicing in the provision of God’s Word which records for us how God has acted in the lives of people much like ourselves. Rejoicing in the testimony of changed lives and renewed relationships where Christ’s presence has been welcomed.

During this Easter season let us pray that the Easter message is making a difference to our life. Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian we are celebrating the season with the following events.

Maundy Thursday, April 18 6:00 pm Fellowship Meal
7:00 pm Communion Service

Easter Saturday, April 20 1:00 pm Hosting the Mount Hebron Community Easter Egg Hunt.
(With an Easter Bunny photo opportunity)

Easter Sunday, April 21 6:00 am Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater.
10:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary.
(Easter Egg Hunt in the playground for the little ones following worship)

If you are able and in the area... do come and join us! 
For some music, a traditional Easter Hymn... “To God Be The Glory.

The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.

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