April 15, 2020
Pastor Jerry Kulp
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Greetings and peace my friends!
Recently, I’ve been thinking about all the changes that we have been experiencing over the past month. The way we go grocery shopping, the way we spend our time, even the way we worship. If three months ago someone had told us that “live stream” worship would be our primary means for gathering our community together to praise the Lord, we would have thought that person a fool!
Yet, here we stand, in the light of a new day with a different perspective on life and pondering what the “new normal” will be.
While many of our traditions regarding Holy Week and Easter had to be altered and adjusted, the proclamation of Easter remains steadfast and sure. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed! These words rang out not only from our individual homes, but in homes across the world this past Sunday.
The new normal has given credence to different and creative ways to share the Good News of God’s love! Through the information collected from our website, we know that nearly 1,000 people heard the unique proclamation shared by the people of the UPG and St. John’s Windish. The new normal has given us opportunities to begin new ministries such as the “Calls of Compassion and Caring,” which has allowed our sisters and brothers in Christ opportunities to get to know one another. The new normal has allowed us opportunities to put new technology into practice through offering “Zoom” video conferencing and has adjusted the way we communicate and spend time in fellowship. Yet the proclamation of Easter remains steadfast and sure. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
God’s invitation to join those first disciples in proclaiming this Good News to the world remains steadfast and sure also. Each of us, in our own unique way, are proclaiming our faith in different and creative ways. From sharing acts of kindness with our neighbors to deepening our relationships with acquaintances, to spending more time reflecting on the simple blessings of life, to longing for a day when things return to “normal.” In all these ways, and countless others, the message of the “new normal” is the same as it has always been. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
May our lives continually proclaim the Good News of God’s redemptive plan not only for each of us individually but for all creation! The way in which we proclaim this message might look and feel different, but the message, and the power of this message remain steadfast and sure! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
Keep trusting God, washing those hands, and being at peace with the Lord and with one another!