April 4, 2021
I want to begin thanking you for your continued cooperation and contributions given the constraints imposed by social distancing to curb the spread of corona virus (Covid-19). While we are challenged, we are encouraged by the faith that sustains us through all of life's changing scenes, particularly in times of fears, threats, and uncertainty. Keep on doing what you are doing. We will be scheduling a zoom meeting to keep you updated about how we are managing with cash flow and addressing issues with our facility.
Sunday, April 4, 2021 is Easter Sunday / Resurrection Day
“Christ has risen” has important implications and insights for our lives. Like Mary in the gospel of John chapter 20 verses 11-18 was found by more than she was looking to find. We are found by an assurance that allays our anxiety about death. Death is potent but not omnipotent. There are some things that death cannot do. Death cannot cancel the contribution that a person makes in a life time nor limit the length of the legacy the loved one leaves behind. Death cannot erase the experiences we hold dear nor mar the memories we keep near. We are found by an admonition that alleviates agony. “Do not hold to what you have to let go.” Do not hold on to it. Let it go. Let go what you can’t keep so you can embrace what you cannot lose. We are found by a purpose that perpetuates the importance of the life of the one we love and cherish. We have something to do that energizes us to share what has been woven into our lives by the life and liberty of Jesus about death, life and living. John 20:11-18.
With his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension as Paul says, "Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy1:10). Rather than extinguishing life death expands existence to be more encompassing of reality in all of its fullness without any barriers, hindrances or obstacles. Jesus' resurrection reminds us that this is not all there is; there is more to life than you can see and still more existence that is yet to be. "Death where is your sting? Sting where is your grave? Grave where is your victory?" (I Corinthians 15:55-56).
Sunday, April 25, 2021 is the 99th Anniversary of the Usher Ministry. We will have a broadcast that will acknowledge the Usher Ministry Observance.
Thanks again for your continuing commitment, cooperation, and consideration.
Be safe and well.
Dr. William S. Epps, Senior Pastor