Dear Friends,

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     This weekend we celebrate the most important and impactful event in the history of the world.  I know that’s a big statement.  After all, there have many other significant events in the history of the world; the discovery of fire, the printing press, the internet.  All of these changed the course of human history.  But when Jesus offered his own life as a sacrifice for ours and when he claimed victory over death through the power of the resurrection, he not only changed our world, but he changed our eternity.  Nothing else, no one else, in all of history has impacted human kind in the way Jesus did.

      So yes, this weekend we are going to CELEBRATE!  For those of us who have come to know Jesus Christ as the leader of our lives and the forgiver of our sins, Easter is the greatest celebration of all.  Because the grave is empty, because Jesus is alive, we too have life.  We have life abundant in this world.  And we have life eternal in the next.  When we gather for Easter, we will sing and shout, we will praise God, we will celebrate the amazing gift of life we have received through him.

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      This weekend we are also going to SHARE.  Through Jesus we have received the greatest gift of all.  That gift is meant to be shared.  If you or I had a friend, neighbor, or loved one who was starving to death and we had discovered a limitless supply of food, wouldn’t we share?   Or if another was dying of thirst and we had discovered a bottomless well, would we keep it to ourselves? There is no bottom to the well of God’s grace.  We can draw on that well day after day.  We can give that grace away over and over again, and our supply of grace is never diminished. 

      So my prayer for you for this weekend is two-fold.  I pray everyone of us will be in worship this weekend (there will be a Saturday Easter service at 5:00 pm in Plaistow as well as our full Sunday Morning schedule) to celebrate the victory that Jesus won for us on the cross.  And I pray that each one of us will share the good news of Jesus with someone who needs to know.  The easiest way to do that is to simply invite. 

     Don’t forget there is a Good Friday service tonight in Amesbury at 7:00 pm.  Also, don’t forget to bring a school supply item if you want to be a part of blessing our schools through our Easter “For Our Community” initiative.  Follow this link for all the details.

God Bless,

Pastor Steve