Happy Wednesday (or whatever day you happen to be reading this).  I hope you are enjoying your week, and well if you’re not, Sunday’s coming! I have to be honest that Jon and I are still recovering from Holy Week – egg hunts, multiple services, preparing for Easter dinner with our family – it was a busy week!  BUT, even with all of that said, I am still in awe of what an incredible week it was!  If you were with us on Good Friday or Easter Sunday, or both, you know what I mean.  The power of the events of that week just came to life before us, and on Easter – MAN Y’ALL CAME TO WORSHIP!!

I can’t say that I recall having had worship experiences quite as meaningful as those last week.  Most of the credit for that belongs to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst, but it also goes to each one of you for allowing the Spirit to speak resurrection into your hearts and minds and to permeate through our church family.  I also don’t want to forget to thank so many of you who worked tirelessly preparing for and serving at both the Good Friday and Easter services.  It was your efforts that allowed the powerful movement of God’s Holy Spirit and made those experiences even more powerful, knowing we were firing on all cylinders as a church family with the collective goal of making sure that the name of Jesus was proclaimed in Amesbury last week!  And just so you know, your efforts were not in vain, as we had lives committed or recommitted to Christ at both services.  WAHOO and PRAISE GOD - our God is a God of resurrection!

This seems to be the perfect time to introduce our next sermon series, 1❤️&Mind.   The title for this series comes from some of my favorite passages of scripture found in the Book of Acts 4:32-35: 
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And Godʼs grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostlesʼ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

In this series, just as Acts 4 talks about, we’ll continue to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus by studying what it truly means to live together as the family of God - the good, the bad and maybe even the funny.  After such an incredible week last week, the bar is certainly set pretty high, but I’m confident that God is going to continue to our resurrection in mighty ways through this new series! 

But before we get to Sunday, I want to make sure to share about a great program called Empowered Parenting this Saturday, April 22nd with our own Chrissy Rupp at the Plaistow campus from 9 - 11:45am.  Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent or you just happen to know a child, this is a program for everyone!  Learning about how to raise our next generation from God’s example seems like it should come naturally, but sometimes in our desire to care for them we don’t follow that example well.  I’ve had the opportunity to experience this program with Chrissy and it is extremely eye-opening and valuable.  So I hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about God’s plan for raising up our next generation.  Free registration for this great program can be completed at http://www.rock-church.org/register-1/.  

‭‭‬‬‬‬Until we come together again to worship the God of resurrection, may He bless and keep you all as he continues to transform us through the renewing of our minds!

Have a blessed week,

P. Rachel

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