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Dear Friends,                                                                                                                 Easter 2017

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The simplest meaning of Easter is that we are living in a world in which God has the last word. On Friday night it appeared as if evil were master of life. Jesus was dead and in the tomb. 

Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin was one of the most powerful men on earth.  He was a Russian Communist leader.  And he took part in the Bolshevik Revolution the same year Our Lady appeared in Fatima in 1917.  There is a story told about a journey he took.  He went from Moscow to Kiev in 1930 to address a huge crowd.  The subject was, of course, atheism.  He attacked Christianity!  He said some insulting words about Christianity.  And he argued against it as well.  It took him a long time to convince the crowd.  At the end of his talk, he was confident that he had convinced the crowd that they should reject Christ and embrace atheism.  So he turned the meeting to the parish priest.  The priest complimented him on his eloquence.  Then turning to the crowd, he dismissed them by saying: “CHRIST IS RISEN!”  And the people passionately exclaimed as with one thundering voice: “HE IS RISEN INDEED!” (cf. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India).  No matter what had been said to those people, they knew in their hearts the essential Gospel message that Christ had indeed risen. The He is Risen! and the response of He Is Risen Indeed! is an ancient greeting the began centuries ago in the early church to unite believers. The words “He is risen!” remind us of the joyous news we celebrate at Easter, that Jesus’ death was not in vain, and that He has the power to overcome death. Saying “He is risen!” allows us to share this incredible truth with each other. 

The triumphant day of Easter morning resounds with the glorious word: "He is risen!" and evil's triumph was at an end. Since that hour when Mary in the garden first discovered the wonderful fact of victory no person who has placed their soul in God's hands has had  reason to fear or despair. Easter is the Good News and blessed assurance we yearn for each day.  

My risen Lord, I feel Thy strong protection; I see Thee stand among the graves today; I am the Way, the Life, the Resurrection, I hear Thee say. And all the burdens I have carried sadly Grow light as blossoms on an April day; My cross becomes a staff, I journey gladly This Easter day.  - Author Unknown

 As Psalm 146:5 says…”Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord.” 

I invite you to make an effort to invite someone to come with you to Church this Holy Week and Easter. Sometimes we forget that there are many who do not know the love of God and the triumph on Easter day. There is someone you know that would come with you to church if you personally invited them. It sounds simple but many of us hold back out of fear. We, as followers of Jesus, have so much to offer a hurting world.  May you live out the words “He Is Risen!” Our schedule for Holy Week is…

* Palm Sunday- April 9- services at 9am and 10:30am

* Christian Passover/Seder Meal- 5:30pm   Maundy Thursday Tenebrae at 7pm

* Good Friday Ecumenical Service -12noon April 14 at First UMC

* Easter Vigil Service- 5:30pm, Saturday, April 15

* Easter Sunrise Service at Tufts RT. 30 Westborough/Grafton line.  6:30am

* Easter Celebration service at 9am and 10:30am

Please use the enclosed envelope for a special Easter offering and bring it to church or if you can’t be with us on Easter feel free to mail in your special donation.  With God’s help, these gifts will help our church make sure that the promise and power of Easter lives for all people throughout the year.  God Bless you and your family this Easter. 

In Christian Love,

 

Pastor John Wesley Taylor

When it is a question of God’s almighty Spirit, never say, I can’t. - Oswald Chambers

Sunday Worship Schedule  

Join us for a traditional worship service @ 9:00am with age appropiate Sunday School classes for kids ages pre-k through high school.
If you enjoy a worship service with a more contemporary feel, please consider our 10:30am service.  We offer a one-room Sunday School format for children ages pre-k through second grade. 
Come early and join us for a hymn sing at 8:45 am.  
 
Refreshments and fellowship time at 10 am.