A Message from Your Senior Pastor
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive.


All eluia.
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,

The story of the Bible begins with God creating the heavens and the earth, all the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the animals, and at last human beings. And when God saw all that he had made, it was indeed very good ( Genesis 1:31 ).

Sadly, only a few chapters later, sin and death enter the story and God’s good creation is marred by Adam’s sin. The rest of the Bible is the story of God rescuing and redeeming creation culminating in Jesus' victory over death and the grave.

Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of God’s new creation. In his 1947 book Miracles , C.S. Lewis writes,

“The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the ‘pioneer of life.’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has been opened.”

Easter is the dawn of a new day and we, God’s Easter people, are called to live as witnesses to the resurrection. We are called to live as people set free from the old way of life, the way of sin and death, and to live with love and courage.

We can live with love and courage because Jesus’ victory is our victory. He is the first fruits of the dead, but he will not be the last. When the glorious day of his appearing arrives all who have yielded their lives to Christ and who have allowed his Spirit to live in and through them will also be raised.

That is why our Easter shout is Alleluia, Praise be to God.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson


PS: I hope you have enjoyed these reflections on the Pascha Nostrum . Tomorrow, we begin a new sermon series on The Book of Acts. If you haven’t already done so, please download a copy of the reading plan to place in your Bible. Together we will read through the story of the early church and each Sunday our message will be on one of our readings during the week.
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.
Help Us Continue Our Ministry
Even though our campus is closed, the ministry of Broadmoor United Methodist is still moving forward.

We are worshiping on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. via livestream , caring for our congregation through prayers and phone calls, feeding those in need at Red Stick Together, and helping parents minister to their children in this unprecedented time.

During this time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings as an expression of love and gratitude to God for his many gifts and to support the ministries of your church. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the church still needs your financial support, which makes our ministry possible.

There are three ways you can give safely at this time :

1. Text to give

2. Give online

3. Mail your gift to the church, 10230 Mollylea Dr.,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Please check out our new, updated GIVING page here for more information on how to support the ministries of Broadmoor .


You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
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, you can worship from the comfort of your home 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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