Easter Sunrise Service
Please join us in a community celebration at our third annual ecumenical Easter sunrise service Sunday March 27th from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. at the Edwardsville Library City Park bandstand. Services will be led by Rev. Steven Jackson of Mt. Joy Baptist church with participation and support by several other area church families. In the event of inclement weather, services will be held indoors at Mt. Joy. Come be a part of a community united not divided as we celebrate in unity !
Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It is an obvious common denominator within the Christian faith and journey, yet it is only a part of the bigger picture and the ongoing story of creation. Our coming together as a unified body is critically important: just as the Father, Son, and Spirit are one, so too are we to be in relationship with one another forming a stronger and healthier community for all, with God at the core. This means more than acknowledging and accepting each other and our differences. It means living out our lives in community with one another and with the glory of our individual brokenness while loving each other anyway as the unique creations we are. The Apostle Paul describes so well the relationship and design of community: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one spirit.” It is through this relationship, investment, and commitment to and with our God, one another, and ourselves that we become a whole community. In the wholeness of a right relationship, we support one another and respect our differences while maintaining a common focus on what’s most important – understanding the love and truth of a God who journeys with us all, each and every step of the way, as we learn to reconcile ourselves and our past in preparation for what is to come. We shouldn’t need a crisis to unify us. We shouldn’t wait for our Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area to experience the next Oklahoma City bombing, Joplin tornado, riot, or school shooting. We can be unified today in a right relationship with one another and a God who is greater than any challenge of this fallen world. Let us make the commitment to seek out how living in true community with one another can make all the difference in what has yet to be written in our lives and those of our children’s children. Together we can be a model of a community united, not divided, under a God who walks with us for all to see, in “authentic community.” We can find great joy, renewed hope and a confidence in ourselves as individuals and collectively, and in our roles in forming a stronger community in the ongoing creation story, when we focus less on our differences and more on what we have in common: our need for love, security and the truths of what this world cannot provide.