Friday Followings: He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 2019

Hello Gloria Dei,
First of all I want to say thanks to all of you for making Holy Week so beautiful and inspiring. As a congregation, we participated in and told the greatest story ever: Jesus giving himself for us, dying on a cross, and being raised to new life. Praise God! Alleluia! He is risen! He is risen indeed!
It takes many hands behind the scenes to make it all so rich and meaningful for those who come to worship. Throughout Holy Week we welcomed approximately 4800 people into the sanctuary to hear, learn, and experience the life-giving love and grace of God. We also welcomed 75 third graders and others to the Lord’s Table for their First Communion. The Palm Sunday Brunch was excellent, the fellowship outstanding, and the message of God’s love came through powerfully all week long through word and music. And the Alleluia sticks on Easter were in great form. God is good… all the time. Again, thank you for your commitment to Christ and his church.
This weekend we’ll continue in the season of Easter and begin a five week preaching series on the “Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus”. Jesus continues to make himself known to us too. Make it a habit to share with your family, your friends, and your church community, how it is that Jesus is showing up and impacting your life. In preparation for this weekend’s worship, please read Acts 9:1-22. This is the account of maybe the greatest conversion story of all time. Jesus shows up and transforms Saul, a persecutor of the early church, to Paul, a great missionary for Christ.
Like Paul and so many others who saw Jesus alive during the fifty day period between his resurrection and ascension, Jesus appears to us on a regular basis. Live, see, and journey filled with faith in the living Christ. We can base our whole lives, now and into eternity, on the great news of Easter. He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
See you in worship.
Pastor Tim