A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.


Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourself dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
(Romans 6:9-11)

Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
(1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

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Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we continue to celebrate the Great Fifty Days of Easter we return, again and again, to plumb the depths and the power of the Resurrection.

Resurrection means Jesus has defeated death.

The curse inflicted upon all human beings at the Fall ( Genesis 3 ) is broken and now Christ, the victorious one, shares his victory over death with all who give their lives to him.

These past several weeks the reality of death has been top of mind for us all. We have all watched in horror as the number of deaths to COVID-19 climbs like a rocket.

Never before have I given a moment thought to the potential danger of running a simple errand. Never before has the fear of sickness and death crossed my mind as I went to the grocery store.

And for that, in some strange way, I am grateful for this horrible pandemic.

I am grateful because I now realize that, while death no longer has dominion over Christ, the fear of death still has an icy grip on my heart.

Now that I realize this, I realize there is still more work for Christ to do in my life. I realize I am not yet completely free.

Complete freedom is what God wants for us all. Our complete and total freedom is the reason Christ came in the first place. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way: “Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.” ( Hebrews 2:14-15 )

Christ’s victory over death is total. Death no longer has dominion over him.

How about you? What dominion, if any, does death still have over you? In what ways would complete and total freedom from the fear of death make in your life?

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
What comes next?

It’s the question everyone was asking after the first Easter morning.
Now that Jesus has been raised from the dead, what comes next?
The Book of Acts tells how the early church discovered what comes next in
the great story of God. In our upcoming sermon series, The Next Chapter,
we will explore the Book of Acts to help us discover what comes next in the story God is telling through our lives and in our church.

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson will be sending daily emails that include a reflection
and call to action from each reading. Click below to download and print your copy of the 46-day reading plan today.
How We Can Best Love Each Other
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending public events during the 14-day incubation period.

WORSHIP
While meetings on campus are suspended, please worship with us online via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Take part in  Wednesdays with Pastor Kennon  every Wednesday at 7:30p via our  livestream . Rev. Kennon Pickett will take you on a deep dive into the Word and relate it to our current lives.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Our congregational care team remains committed to offering excellent care to our congregation but is suspending in-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes. If you get sick, have a death in the family, or have another emergency, please call the church office at 225-924-6269 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the pastor on call.

Please use this form if you have additional questions about Broadmoor United Methodist’s response to the coronavirus. You can also call Mary Saltzman at 225-924-6269.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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