Message from Pastor Luke...........

April and May are exciting months. Lent wraps up with the melting of snow and the Easter season brings about new life. Blades of grass poking through the brown thatch, barren trees budding with new leaves, the slow awakening of sleepy hibernators, and the joyous return of migratory wildlife--including migratory Our Savior’s members:) All of these things remind us that resurrection is all about new life! 

What is Easter anyway? Christians consider Easter to be the “first day.” From Easter comes the practice of worshiping on Sunday morning. It is the first day of the week. It is also the first day of new creation, sometimes called the “eighth day” of the week, for on it Christ restored the image of God in the human and in so doing also brought restoration and renewal to all of creation. The Easter season proceeds from and celebrates this first day. In the resurrected Christ, there is time after the end, life after death, restoration of what was broken, the brightening of what had gone dark. In the fifty days of Easter, Christian communities around the world strive to worship God in a way that illustrates that the body of Christ lives now in the heavenly places and also in the gathered body in the world. Worship is where heaven and earth meet. 

During the Easter season, we celebrate the waters of baptism. Pay attention to the words we use in worship. Let them wash over you (pun definitely intended!) My prayer for you this spring is that you experience new life in Christ. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen. 

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! 

In the waters of baptism, 

we have passed over from death to life with Jesus Christ, 

and we are a new creation. 

For this saving mystery, and for this water, let us bless God, 

who was, who is, and who is to come. 

These words are for you. You have passed over from death to life. I call on all who may read this to be renewed and restored. Seek out new life where you feel alone, where you struggle, and where you hurt. This is the first day of your new life. You are a new creation, so be restored into the joyous and abundant life God has given you in Christ Jesus!