Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happy Easter to all of you! And it WAS! What a joy it was to see so many people gathered together in
worship on Easter Sunday praising God and celebrating the resurrection of our Lord! To hear the way the
congregation raised their voices in song, to hear the instruments making music for the King, and to feel the
power of the Holy Spirit as it descended on this building! Truly it was an awesome service and one I shall
never forget! This is how it should be when we realize just how much God loves us! We should be doing
just what we did Easter Sunday…waving our hands in the air, singing at the top of our lungs, making music
with many instruments…after all, this love is so amazing that it saved us from our own sin! Now that is a
Even so, we so often take God’s love for granted. It seems when things are going well, we so easily forget
that it is by God’s grace we are even worthy to be called sons and daughters of God. I know that I easily
forget just how special that love is…it’s so easy to just take it for granted.
My prayer for us in this season of Easter and Pentecost is that we will spend more time each day just simply
thanking God for blessing us with so much! Humbling ourselves and acknowledging who is blessing us each
and every day is, for me, the greatest treasure. Just being reminded that we are not in this life alone means
more to me the older I get.
Changes are happening all around us. This is never fun, but through it all, we as the Emmanuel family MUST
trust in the name of the Lord our God! Our God will never fail us. Already now He has the perfect plan for
all of us…we will prevail by His grace! As our title song of the cantata said, “The church will remain!” Hang
on to the One who will never let us go. Let us praise the Almighty daily for what He has done.
With joy and gratitude,