Pastor's Corner



Dear First Methodist of Ennis Family,

In the early days of the Christian church, as new converts became part of the Christian faith and the religion spread across the Roman Empire, the early Christians had a greeting for one another. Just as I might say to you, “Good morning,” and you would reply, “Good morning to you,” their greeting was “He is risen,” to which the other replied, “He is risen, indeed!”


I include just such a greeting in every Easter morning liturgy. We’ll say these words to each other during Easter worship. We’ll each bring fresh flowers to place on a rough wooden cross as we experience the transformation of the old rugged cross into a cross that is filled with life. (Please bring extras for visitors and for those who forget) We will have baskets at the entrance where they can be placed and we have a team of great volunteers who will place them on the cross. When the flower covered cross is brought down the center aisle we will shout with the angels “He is not here but has risen!” We will revel in those seven words that have changed the course of history in our world.


What turned the broken and heart sick disciples into courageous and bold kingdom builders? “He is not here, but has risen!” The discouraged disciples became strong and confident in their faith. They now knew that God had made Christ stronger than those who sought to silence him. They sang, they rejoiced, they healed, they taught, they preached, and they lived triumphantly. And they did not do these things for only a few days of passing enthusiasm after the resurrection of Christ, but they did them for the rest of their lives. Why? Because “He is not here, but has risen!


But it took more than an event for this to occur. Just observing the event of the resurrection was not enough to turn discouraged disciples into messengers of hope, or to convert disillusioned disciples into proclaimers of the Christian faith. It took more than an event, it took a personal experience with the risen Christ. The event had to become an experience in order for their lives to be changed.


Easter Sunday is a day we commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. We’ll have Easter worship service at our regular time at 10:30 am where the flower covered cross will be brought down the center aisle in the beauty of its dramatic transformation. We have a fun Easter Egg Hunt planned for 9:00 am during the Sunday School hour. The children have other events planned after the hunt. Bring the kids, they are welcome. You’ll notice the large Easter Egg Hunt banner outside. We will have regular adult Sunday School at 9:00 as usual and the breakfast/coffee/donut fellowship in the Family Life Center at 10:00 am. The music of the church will be at its high point as the Lenten drama is transformed into an Easter celebration. We’ll have the balcony ready hoping we will need the space. Your presence is so very important.


He is not here, but has risen!” He is King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The Lord God omnipotent reigns forever and ever. Amen.


Following Easter. Yes there is a Sunday after Easter Sunday. I’m looking forward to introducing a message series called, “Momentum for Life.” I’ll be sharing four sermons for four Sundays that speak to all that God promises that makes life so powerful. We are not alone in the journey and God has made some amazing promises. I’m looking forward to talking about those promises. The Good News is that God makes no promises he does not keep.


But Easter is first!




Pastor Steve Ramsdell


(Pastor's Corner April 19, 2019)                                    

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