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The Theme of the Church Year – April 2018

This year in my pastor’s page each month I will be talking about the Theme of the Liturgical Church Year for that month.  The month of April is the season of Easter in the Liturgical Church Year. It just so happens that Easter falls on April 1st, April Fools day.  Easter is for all the fools of this world for the most tragic April fool’s joke ever played was when Satan tricked us into sinning against God’s great love for us.  We have made fools of ourselves and our lives ever since that first sin.  Easter is the day when God changed us from being fools to saints if we will stop fooling around with sin, the world and Satan and put our trust in God’s love given to us by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the month of April we will be celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter, the rising of God. (The word Easter means Risen) During the Lenten season our Theme was “God’s Will Be Done” and we looked at how God’s will is being done in our lives.  During the Easter season we will continue to look at how God’s will can be done in our lives as we let the resurrection of Jesus Christ be the focus of our lives as we look forward to His Coming again. That’s right as I told you on Easter Morning Christ Died, Christ is Risen and Christ is coming again.  This is God’s will being done in our lives and this is the theme of the month of April and May, because Easter season is 7 weeks long.

In the last chapter and the closing words of each of the Gospels, Jesus speaks to us and tells us what God’s will is for each of us as we wait for the Son of God to come again.  Matthew 28: 18 – 20 tells us, ‘Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”’

This is God’s will for our lives because we have learned God’s Word, we have become disciples of Jesus Christ because with the help of the Holy Spirit we have believed in all that Jesus Christ has done for us by His life, death and resurrection.  Since we have been given the blessings of God’s will we are asked to share it with others by our words and action so that they know about how and why Jesus died for the world, how and why Jesus rose from the grave for them and how and why Jesus will be coming again to take all those who believe in Him to the heavenly home prepared for us. While we are striving to do God’s will, Jesus will always be with us and helping us to do God’s will in our lives.

In the last chapter of Mark we are told, ‘Jesus said to them,” Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15 – 16)

What is God’s will for us as we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ on the last day?  It is to go out and share the Good News (the Gospel) with the whole creation.  We do this by sharing the Good News with those whom we meet in this world. We do this by supporting those who are sharing the Good News in our community and to the ends of the world. We do this by being concerned about all the people in the world and taking advantages of the opportunities God will give to us to share the faith that we have in Jesus Christ and how He gives us the ability to be in the love, peace and joy of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever.

Doing God’s will in our lives becomes a part of our lives as we rejoice in all that God has given to us by the Life, Death and Resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  Believe, be baptized and sharing the Good News is God’s will being done in our lives as we deal with the world around you.  Have a blessed Easter season sharing the Good News of Christ’s death, Christ’s Resurrection and how Christ is coming again.

                                    Pastor Pete Scheele