The Hope We’ve All Been Waiting For

I hope you all had a blessed Easter celebration! Our service was so wonderful … I’ll share more photos and stories in the coming week. For now, here is my Easter sermon!



Sarah Weaver
Rehoboth Congregational Church
Rehoboth, MA
April 5, 2015

Isaiah 25:6-9
John 20:1-18

The Hope We’ve All Been Waiting For

I told the confirmation class last Sunday night that this winter is turning me into a crazy cat lady who only talks about the weather.

I wish I could say that I was exaggerating, but that is the absolute truth. This winter just about pushed me over the edge. The snow, the ice, the month-long sub-freezing temperatures – at one point I was absolutely convinced that winter was just never going to end, that we had somehow entered this literal weather vortex that was stuck on the winter cycle.

So there I was this winter, with nothing else to do but stay inside with my cat and complain about the weather. And then there I was where I started to complain to my cat about the weather …

I needed spring to come this year. I waited and waited and waited for spring to come this year.

I always say that it does not matter what a person’s favorite season is, but that most people need spring more than any other season by the time it comes around. And boy, oh boy – did we need spring this year.

I do not normally preach from the Old Testament on Easter Sunday, but I could not help myself this year when I saw this passage from Isaiah come up in the lectionary. Because at a time when so many of us are desperately waiting for spring to come, we are reminded by this ancient prophecy that God’s grace can always be found in the midst of our waiting.

It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Now clearly the people that this prophecy was aimed at were dealing with much greater struggles than my frustration with the snow. Destruction of land and exile are much more serious problems than the fact that I have not been able to wear my cute spring and summer shoes in three months. But I think the prophet’s words do remind us of something very poignant about who we are human beings. It points to the nature of us – all of us – needing something to help us along this crazy journey through life.
Life is not easy; I think we can all agree to that. We all feel hurt and pain and anguish at some point throughout our lives and this prophecy shines a light on those times where we are waiting – sometimes desperately waiting – for something to save us from the darkness that is surrounding us.

We wait. We wait for a cure. We wait for a relationship to be mended. We wait for a spouse or a child to come into our life. We wait for a job. We wait for pain to disappear. We wait for conflicts to go away. We wait for our lives to have some sense of normalcy.

We wait.

Well guess what? We are people of the resurrection and we do not have to wait any longer! Christ rose and we are saved! Christ rose and we are free! Christ rose and we no longer have to be alone! Christ rose and we have proof that God is always with us and that God’s love always wins! Christ rose so that we can always carry with us that beacon of hope that new life is always possible, even if we have to wait for it to come.

Winter aside weather, we all face real struggles in our lives. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me that one of their favorite parts of worship every week is the part where we lift to God in silence the “prayers that are still too raw to be spoken out loud.”
Because we all have them.

We all have things in our lives – pain, struggles, anxieties, sadness and hardships – that we hold onto. Or – perhaps more accurate – that hold on to us.

But you know what? The resurrection not only proved to us that God always knows these silent prayers, but also that we can surrender these prayers to God in a way that completely frees us from the burdens they place on us.

Because the resurrection proved that God’s power is so much greater than the burdens of the world.

Life does not have to weight us down. This world that we are living in is far from perfect, but the resurrection proved that God can do amazing things, even in the midst of chaos. The resurrection proved that even with all of the imperfections of our earthly and human lives, God can shine light in the midst of darkness, bring hope to the hopeless and give life to something that seems lost.

Resurrection was not a one-time thing; resurrection happens every single day of our lives. And today, as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we also celebrate the ways that we are living out this story in our lives as well. We celebrate the ways that – even when we are struggling and even when we are waiting – we see proof of God’s work all around us.

We practice a faith that is grounded in the foundation of resurrection to new life. We have to believe that this is possible in our lives as well.

As Christians experiencing Lent, Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, the resurrection is what we have been waiting for. But we have to remember – we have to believe – that resurrection happens every day. And if we believe this – if we truly believe this – then we are assured that the hope that we are constantly waiting for is happening all around us.

God is with you, my friends. God’s love was victorious on the cross and God’s love is victorious in our lives today. This is what we have been waiting for! This is the Good News that calms the chaos of our lives, that resurrects the things around us to new life.

Christ is Risen, my friends! He rose then and he is risen now!

So let us go and live our lives as people of the resurrection, proclaiming to the world that even in the midst of chaos, the hope that we have been waiting for is already here.

Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

Thanks be to God!

Faith Without Control

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Easter!  Here is yesterday’s sermon …


Sarah Weaver
Rehoboth Congregational Church
Rehoboth, MA
April 20, 2014

John 20:1-18
Colossians 3:1-4

Faith Without Control

The weather was absolutely beautiful last Saturday, wasn’t it? Sunny, blue skies and blissfully warm temperatures. I drove to church with my sunglasses on and my windows open. I wore flip flops! My friends and I pulled out their patio furniture and fired up the grill for the first time this year. Daffodils were starting to open around town. I vividly remember backing into my driveway, looking at my bright green lawn and thinking to myself how nice it was that spring was here and that we could finally say with absolute certainty that we were definitely, without a doubt, done with snow for the year.

So then it snowed on Tuesday night.

That was great.

As I sat in my car on Wednesday morning waiting for the half an inch of ice to melt off of my windshield because I was refusing to pull out my scraper out of sheer protest, I could not help but laugh.

Because if there is one thing a mid-April snowstorm will teach you it is that we really are not in control.

How fitting to be reminded of this four days before Easter. Because – let’s face it – the Easter story is also a great reminder to us that we really are not in control.

It is actually kind of difficult to preach on the Easter story, because it just sort of speaks for itself. The death and resurrection of Jesus is one of the single most powerful stories in the history of the world, certainly of our faith. Resurrection. Salvation. God’s grace unfolded in a completely miraculous, yet completely realistically spectacular way. It is truly remarkable.

But here is the thing about this story: No one – no human, anyway – could control the outcome of that first Easter. Not the people who betrayed Jesus. Not the people who put Jesus on trial and who mocked him. Not the people who crucified Jesus. No – they were not in control of that first Easter. Jesus rose from the dead! Proof to all of us that God was in control of that first Easter.

And over the past 2,000 years, that has never changed. God has always remained in control.

As we relive the Easter story, we are reminded that living a life of faith – believing in this Easter story, walking as a disciple of Christ and submitting yourself to the mystery of the resurrection – means letting go of control. It means letting go of control of the things that you understand and – perhaps more importantly – the things that you do not understand. It means letting go of the need to control the people around you. It means letting go of the question, “why?” and instead just focusing on the journey ahead. It means seeking out God instead of seeking out answers.

It means trusting that no matter what happens in this world and in your life – good or bad, joyful or heartbreaking – you are never alone. God is always with you.

This does not mean that bad things will not happen. In fact, as we remembered Jesus’ final days and death on the cross this past week, we were poignantly reminded of just how imperfect our world is. Bad things do happen – many of which we cannot control.

So I think we just have to stop trying. And I think that we have to believe that within the midst of the chaos and the confusion of life, God is working with us and within us.

The Christian Faith is not about rules and dogmas, it is about a moment in time when God stepped in and revealed his glory to us. It always has been and it always will be.

And I think that if we just try to let go of our control in our lives and in our faith, we may see God’s glory revealed to us in a new way.

You know, it is a good thing that humans were not in control of that first Easter. Because think about what might have happened if they were. Jesus would have remained in that tomb; he never would have risen to new life. We would have never been given proof that God’s love is stronger than human imperfection.

Let me put something on the table right now. I will never be able to explain the resurrection. I will never be able to show you proof that Jesus physically rose from the dead. But I believe that in some way, shape or form – some way, shape or form that is completely out of my control – it happened and it was real and the world changed because of it. I HAVE to believe that. Because without the resurrection, the crucifixion would have had the final word. Without God’s grace giving us new life, death would have had the final word. Without God’s love, hate would have the final word.

And that is not the world that I want to live in.

Not only did that mid-April snowstorm teach us that we really are not in control, but – for those of us who put away our plows and shovels and started planting things in our yard and garden – it also taught us that maybe – just maybe – we should stop trying to be in control as well.

When we embrace a faith without control, we are embracing a faith of resurrection, not crucifixion; we are embracing a faith of new life and not death; and we are embracing a faith of love and not hate.

Let us embrace that faith.

Let us allow God to open our eyes to see new things. Let us turn to God for comfort in our moments of fear, anger and sadness. Let us use God’s light to illuminate the path ahead of us.

On this beautiful Easter morning, as we remember a story that rocked a community, changed the world and gave new life to generations upon generations of believers, let us embrace a faith without control. Let us – in the infamous words of Elsa from Frozen – let it go and let God take care of the rest.

Thanks be to God!

Easter Sunrise Benediction

I was putting together our Easter Sunrise Service bulletin yesterday and came across a benediction that I “wrote” in 2012 and used last year as well.  I use quotations around the word “wrote” because it’s not particularly eloquent and doesn’t have new insight into the Easter story.  But it does work well on the shores of the Rehoboth Reservoir. :) Feel free to use!

Benediction | Easter Sunday
Sarah E. Weaver (c) 2012

What have we heard?
We have heard the Good News!
What have we seen?
We have seen the Good News!
What have we shouted?
We have shouted the Good News!
What have we sung?
We have sung the Good News!
Now what do we do?
Now we go out and live the Good News!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Different Journeys; One Christ

My Easter sermon.  Interactive with the choir!

Happy Easter, friends!  Christ is Risen!


Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
John 20:1-18

Different Journeys, One Christ

Guess what?

Choir: What?!

This morning I bring you Good News!

Choir: What is the Good News that you bring?

When Mary found the stone rolled away from the tomb, they found that it was empty! Christ has risen from the dead! Christ is Risen!

Choir: He is Risen, indeed!

And because Christ lives, we, too, are given eternal life. We are given a second chance at redemption, both here on earth and in heaven.

Choir: That is Good News!

A few weeks ago I logged into a webinar given by my graduate school preaching professor, Tom Long. He was talking about preaching the Easter sermon. He reminded us that the Easter sermon is a small part of a much bigger picture – and encouraged us to let the story – the Good News! – do a majority of the preaching. He said, “When it comes to preaching, no news is bad preaching.”

This morning I bring you Good News. Three days ago, Jesus died on a cross and now he lives again. And because he lives again, we, too are given eternal life! And over the past 2,000 years, because of this Good News, millions of lives have been transformed. Individuals have been changed. People have been called and led to do great things. More Good News has been revealed through the lives and ministries of Jesus’ followers. Christ’s message has spread throughout the world.

The Good News did not end with the resurrection; it began with it.

It is interesting to look at how the different characters in the resurrection story reacted to the Good News. We heard the account of the resurrection this morning from the Gospel of John. John records that Mary Magdalene first saw that the tomb was empty. She ran to get Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and they ran to the tomb. The other disciple ran ahead of Simon Peter, saw the linen wrappings lying there and immediately knew what had happened. “Then the other disciple,” John records, “who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.”

This disciple just knew; belief came very naturally to him. He did not need to see the Risen Christ to know that it was true. He just believed.

And that was how one of the disciples experienced the Good News.

The story goes on; Mary sat outside the tomb crying when Jesus appeared behind her. He said, “Mary!” – and that was when she knew! All Mary Magdalene needed was a single encounter with the Risen Christ in order for her to believe. She did not need any further explanation. She simply knew that it was Jesus that stood before her.

And that was how Mary experienced the Good News.

The story goes on further than we read this morning.

Jesus appeared to the disciples next. He entered a house where they were all staying, showed them his hands and his side and said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And then they believed. The disciples needed more than simply seeing Jesus in front of them and hearing him speak. They needed to see his wounds and hear his message. But then they believed.

And that was how those disciples experienced the Good News.

Thomas was next in line to experience the Risen Christ. He is known as “Doubting Thomas” because – well – he doubted. He was not with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them and when they tried to tell him what had happened he demanded proof. “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side,” Thomas said to the other disciples, “I will not believe.”

And that was how Thomas experienced the Good News.

I find it interesting that the gospel records four different accounts of individual experiences with the Risen Christ – and no two are the same. Each character in this narrative experienced Jesus, experienced the work that God was doing in the world, in a unique and different way. Some simply believed, some needed proof and some doubted.

But they did not have to believe in the Good News the same way in order to believe that is was true.

And we do not have to either.

We spend a lot of time in our world today trying to convince other people to believe what we believe. Social media has exacerbated this problem; it is very easy to have a voice and to make that voice heard. It is probable that we will – at one point during the day – read or see something that we do not agree with. And all it takes is a few words typed and a click of the “submit” button in order to make our disagreement known.

And this is not a bad thing; we should have a voice and we should be able to let our voices be heard. We would not be able to share our thoughts and our faith if we were not able to use our voices.

But I think we also need to remember that even the earliest Christian believers – those who were actually there to witness the resurrection – did not see and understand the same way. They came into their faith through different roads.

But all of those roads led to the Good News.

The resurrection narrative – the Easter story told to us in the gospel of John – ends with the following narrative:

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. {John 20:30-31}

How will you experience the Risen Christ on this Easter morning? How will you come to believe in the Good News? What will your road like? Where will it take you along your journey through life?

There are many different types of Christians in the world. There are those who grow up believing and know no other way of life. There are those who spend their lives doubting; asking questions and seeking answers. There are those who have one profound experience or encounter with God, one that gives them enthusiasm and clarity. There are people who enjoy traditions and there are people who want to live a more contemporary faith. There are Protestants and Catholics, spiritual and religious, conservative and liberal.

And that is okay.

The Christian story needs diversity in order for it to be alive and vibrant. The Body of Christ needs us – all of us, wherever we are on our journey of faith – to be who we are and who God calls us to be.

The resurrection story reminds us that even 2,000 years ago, as the Christian story was unfolding here on earth, individuals were experiencing the Risen Christ in different ways. They were shouting “Hallelujah” for different reasons. They were embracing their faith because of different experiences; they were expressing their faith and their belief in different ways. They were living out the Good News in a way that was unique to them.

Different journeys; one Christ.

On this Easter morning, I invite you all to celebrate the unique way that you are experiencing the Good News. Embrace the different ways that we are all journeying towards Christ. Rather than praying that we all might be of one mind, let us pray that we might all simply be of one body. The Body of Christ.

Different journeys; one Christ.

This is the good news that brings us new life.

Thanks be to God!

Proclaiming The Resurrection Today

My meditation from the Easter Sunrise service.  The Confirmation led the service and did an amazing job!


Easter Sunrise 2013

Proclaiming The Resurrection Today

On a still and quiet morning about 2,000 years ago, a few women went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and found that the stone had been rolled away. When they realized what had happened, they ran from the tomb, shouting, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Today we remember that moment; we gather together on this still and quiet morning, grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made, for the foundation of our faith that has been set for us and for the Body of Christ that unites us as one. We, too, want to run and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Think about this: Christianity would not have spread if the people who witnessed the resurrection, those individuals who saw and believed that Jesus had risen, hadn’t told that story to the people around them. Christianity would not have grown throughout the years if millions of people throughout history hadn’t experienced the risen Christ in their own lives – and then shared their stories with the people around them. Christianity would cease to exist today if others had not shouted throughout their lives, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

So one day a year, we remember the Easter story. But what about the other days? How will we keep this tradition alive? Shouldn’t the lives that we lead be tangible expressions of our faith, of the Christian message, of this Easter story? How can we, every single day throughout our lives, run and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can gather together as a community of faith. We can worship together, learn together, serve together and grow together. We can push one another, show grace towards one another and guide one another. We can embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity of the Body of Christ. And then we, too, can shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can reach out our hands to serve throughout the year – in our churches, in our schools and in the community. We can volunteer for and with our children. We can help the elderly who spent their lives helping others. We can make small sacrifices that may have large impacts around us. And when someone asks us why we serve, we can shout with hope and confidence, “because Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We can break bread together. We can welcome new people into our lives and into our communities. We can find new and innovative ways to experience and live out our faith. We can find meaning both inside and outside the walls of the church. We can embrace new traditions, while still be touched by old ones. And every morning, we can wake up and shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

There is no better way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ than on the peaceful shore of this reservoir. The water that flows reminds us that the water of baptism unites us all. The sun that rises slowly reminds us that the light of God shines in all of us. The voices that sing as one remind us that we are strongest when we come together. The prayers that we say in unison remind us that we should praise God – always. The flowers that adorn the cross remind us of the new life that Christ gives us through this Easter season – and throughout our lives! The beauty that surrounds us reminds us of the truth in our lives, that “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

We are the Body of Christ, coming together to celebrate the most sacred time in the Christian year. We are the Body of Christ, surrounded by the beauty of creation on this blessed and holy Easter morning. We are the Body of Christ, united by God’s grace and love for each and every one of us. We are the Body of Christ, ready to shout, “Christ is Risen!”

Confirmands: Christ is Risen, Indeed! {NOISE MAKERS}

Thanks be to God!

Understanding By Call

Happy Easter!  I haven’t preached in a couple of weeks, so I was itching to get behind the pulpit again. :) I decided to some fun (it is Easter, after all!) so at the end of the sermon Bruce and I set off confetti (me from the pulpit and him from the choir loft) while our Music Director played “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today” on the organ.  Everyone started cheering.  What fun!

I love my job!  Here’s my sermon.  You’ll have to imagine the confetti, ha!

John 20:1-18

Understanding By Call

My mom sent me an email early this week. The subject of the email was, “I need …” and the email read, “Snappy openers for two Easter sermons.” I read her email and smiled. I smiled for a few reasons. First of all, I grew up listening to her Easter sermons. They always had some sort of “shtick” to them to get people hooked. My mom has given Easter sermons in a Phillies hat, a UCONN shirt and with a stethoscope around her neck. Her congregation has grown to expect something, well, snappy. I also smiled because, let’s be honest, I needed the same thing this week.

So considering the fact that at the time I was no closer than she was to having any sort of sermon direction, I hit reply, typed the sentence, “It should involve tap dancing” and hit send.

She never responded. I guess that means I was not helpful.

Here is what I have been wondering, though. Why do preachers have to have snappy openers on Easter morning? The first Easter morning was far from snappy. In fact, it was quiet—and dark. In the Gospel account that we read this morning, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb very early and saw that the stone had been moved and the tomb was empty. But she did not sing, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Hallelujah!” Instead, she went and told the disciples that the tomb was empty. After they confirmed that Jesus was – in fact – not in the tomb they returned to their homes and Mary stood outside of the tomb and cried.

Not exactly that happiest, most cheerful, confetti-flying-through-the-air kind of way to start off the very first Easter morning.

In a way, Easter Sunday is kind of ironic. It is probably the highest attended Sunday worship service of the year. The music is loud, the flowers are gorgeous, the clothes are bright and the murmur of excited voices in the sanctuary can barely be contained. And yet, there is a mystery to all of it. Because if you think about it, we really are still unclear as to what, exactly, we are celebrating. Yes, Christ rose from the dead, but how? Where? When? These are unanswerable questions. The greatest celebration of the Christian faith is also the greatest mystery of the Christian faith. We do not know what happened. No one witnessed the resurrection. They just found the empty tomb.

I have often thought that the Easter story would have packed a bit more of a punch if Mary Magdalene had found the empty tomb, ran to tell the disciples, a big blast of confetti had gone shooting through the air and everyone shouted and praised God that, ‘Christ had risen, he had risen indeed!’ But that is not what happened. Mary Magdalene found the empty tomb and was confused; upset that someone had moved Jesus’ body. The disciples saw the empty tomb and went home; they did not understand that Jesus had risen, that the scripture had been fulfilled.

They did not understand. No one understood what had actually happened.

In fact, it was not until Jesus called to Mary that she understood that Jesus arose from the dead. Jesus said to Mary several times, “Woman, why are you weeping?” and “Who are you looking for?” and yet it was not until Jesus said to her, “Mary!” – it was not until Jesus called Marry and said to her, “Go to my brothers and [tell them that you have seen me and that I have risen.]” – that Mary understood what had happened.

It was not until Jesus called Mary that she understood.

I think many of us can relate to this. There is an inherent mystery to the Christian faith, one that we will never understand. At the core of the Christian faith is some sort of belief in Christ’s resurrection and yet, let’s be honest, no one really knows what happened when Jesus rose – no one was there to witness it. I think to some extent, at one point in all of our lives we have moments of doubt, moments of confusion, moments where we do not understand what it is that we really believe. We do not always understand this mystery.

These are the moments when Jesus calls us by name. These are the moments when Jesus calls us to believe that he is real, when Jesus calls us to believe in the mystery of the faith, when Jesus calls us to be in ministry and when Jesus calls us to follow him.

And these are the moments when we begin to understand the mystery of the Christian faith.

Mary did not understand until Jesus called her. Mary did not understand what had happened and what she was supposed to do next until Jesus said, “Mary!” Maybe we are not supposed to understand until Jesus calls us, either.

Is Easter morning a time to shout, “Christ is risen, he is risen, indeed!”? Yes! Is it a time to celebrate the fact that Christ rose and gave us new life? Yes! But I think we have so much more to celebrate than that. I think we are supposed to celebrate not just the moment that Mary found the empty tomb; I think we are also supposed to celebrate the moment that she turned around and saw Jesus standing in front of her calling her to spread the good news that he had risen.

And I think we are also supposed to celebrate the moments in our lives, those unexpected moments, when we turn around and feel Jesus calling us to follow him, to share the message of the Gospel with those around us and to live it out as well.

How beautiful is the living metaphor of Easter and spring in this part of the world? Spring is a time of new beginnings; a time of new growth, new life and new possibilities. Easter is also a time of new beginnings; a time of new growth, new life and new possibilities. It is a time when we re-experience those first Christian moments again, a time when we think about the ways in which Jesus is calling each one of us by name.

What is Jesus calling you to do in this church? Is he calling you to do mission work? Is he calling you to teach? Is he calling you to preach? Is he calling you to sing or share another one of your other gifts? Is he calling you to lead? Is he calling you to follow? Is he calling you to try something you have never done before?

What is Jesus calling you to do outside of this church? Is he calling you to spread the Gospel? Is he calling you to reach out to those in need, to cry out for justice and to resist evil? Is he calling you to breathe life and love into something that is failing? Is he calling you to offer encouragement to those around you? Is he calling you to love both your friends and your enemies? Is he calling you to seek forgiveness for the times when you have fallen short? Or is he calling you to extend that hand of forgiveness? Again – is he calling you to try something you have never done before?

What is Jesus calling you to do on this Easter morning? How is Jesus calling you into this Easter and spring season of new growth, new life and new possibilities?

I think when we start to listen for Jesus calling us by name we truly begin to understand the mystery of the Christian faith.

We will never know what happened that led to the empty tomb on that first Easter morning. But we will always know what happened in the moments that immediately followed the discovering of the empty tomb. Jesus came to Mary and called her to share the news that he had risen. And today – this morning – Jesus comes to us in this sanctuary and calls us to do the same.

Do you hear it? Do you feel it? Do you sense it? Jesus is here, calling each one of us by name and telling us to spread the news that he is risen, he is risen indeed.

That, my friends, is something worthy of confetti flying through the air.

So go forth into the world, in both your words and in your actions, and spread the good news. Christ is risen – he is risen, indeed!

Thanks be to God!