“Celebrate the Hope of Easter all year long”
Pastor Chris Mathiason, Faith Lutheran Church, Staples
Grace and Peace to you. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter. At Faith Lutheran, we enjoyed a wonderful morning of worship and it was great to have a full church. I would argue Easter is the most important Sunday of the church year. We gather to celebrate Jesus Resurrection from the dead. Because Jesus defeats death, we celebrate that in our Baptism we are given the gift of new life. A life that leads to eternal life.
More and more people don’t know the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Instead, Easter is a day for egg hunts, chocolate and ham dinner. These are all good things. But we should remember the reason for our celebration of Easter. Jesus is Risen.
The good news is that if you missed worship on Easter, there are many wonderful churches in Staples and in Todd and Wadena counties to worship and look for a place to hear Jesus story. The good news is that many churches don’t just celebrate Easter on one Sunday, but we continue to talk about Jesus Resurection for the whole season of Easter which lasts 50 days. In fact, I bet every week you go to worship you will hear the good news that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I hope your Easter was a wonderful day with good food and good time with family. I also pray more and more people in our community find a church to call home and a place to receive the welcome of Jesus.