Greetings to the Sarah Jane Johnson Church community of faith,

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

No, keeping my Easter greeting in this week’s email was not a mistake. You will see it every week for the next several weeks because we are now in the Easter Season – the season some call Eastertide. We were blessed to kick-off this year’s Easter Season last week with an abundance of people joining for worship at 10:30, both in-person and over Zoom. Thank you to everyone who joined our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s my prayer that you met God in transformative ways.

One Church tradition is to spend time during Eastertide thinking about The Resurrection. One way we will do that here at SJJMUMC is to explore a few of those times in scripture when the resurrected Jesus appeared. We will consider what witnesses said and did. Justin Bass, writing for Christianity Today, explains:

We have seen that, even from the perspective of the most skeptical scholars, the weight of the historical record attests that a host of individuals and groups believed they saw the risen Jesus. All the evidence we have suggests that his eyewitnesses were trustworthy and honest. Why disbelieve them?

I ask, why not listen closely to their stories? – and that’s just what we will do over the next several Sunday mornings. As Peter explains in Acts 2:

2 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.

Let us continue to join together in abundance, to see and hear this witness of those who saw and heard our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

PEACE!
Carolyn