April 2013

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April 2013

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The Beauty of Easter

Easter was beautiful, wasn’t it!  Sure the day started with rain and cold – a little of the gloominess that the women who first went out to Jesus tomb felt.  As the sun rose, and the clouds dispersed, Easter Sunday became a beautiful day.  Beautiful Savior’s space was decorated with bright flowers – lilies and tulips and hyacinths – the fresh flower smell permeated the worship space.  Voices joined in the songs we love to sing on Easter Sunday – songs that shout of the victory Jesus won.  Those who attended Beautiful Savior joined together to enjoy the worship, enjoy the gospel, and enjoy each other’s company.  Easter was a beautiful day!

What makes Easter so beautiful really isn’t the decorations, sunshine, and flowers. Easter is beautiful because of the truth it brings to us.  Easter is beautiful because on Easter we remember that Jesus rose to life and all of his promises to us are sure and certain.  On Easter we know that what Jesus shared with Elizabeth at Lazarus’ funeral is sure and certain:

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)

Easter is beautiful!  Easter means not only that Jesus has life, but that all who put their trust in him also have life.  Not just the life we live right now, but a life that never ends; a life that never experiences real death; a life that is completely fulfilling because it is a life lived in the warmth and light of God’s love; life that is beautiful, because it is no longer smudged and tainted with the darkness of sin; life that God says is a wonderful fragrance that permeates to him and in which he finds pleasure because we have been washed clean in Jesus’ blood; life that is filled with songs of joy and praise; life that swells with the shouts of victory.

The question Jesus asks you is the same question Jesus asked Elizabeth, “Do you believe this?”  Do you believe in everything that is beautiful about Easter?  Do you believe in Jesus’ resurrection?  Do you believe you have the life Jesus promises to you?  If so, what does it lead you to do?  Will you allow Easter to be “one and done”?  Do you only celebrate with exuberance and beauty for one day, or is Easter an every day celebration for you?  Jesus wants the beauty of Easter to shine on every day of your life.  Jesus wants the fragrance of Easter to fill your life every day.  Jesus wants songs of victory to be sung everyday of your life.  Let Easter be more than just a beautiful day.  Let Easter bring a beautiful life.

Reflection:

How might you keep Easter as a part of every day?

Write a prayer asking God to help you keep your focus on the beauty of Easter every day.

 

Beautiful Savior Welcomes Festival Singers

On Sunday April 14th, Beautiful Savior will be blessed to have numerous young singers lending their voices to our worship service.  The Festival Singers of Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph, Michigan, will be contributing four anthems to our worship service.  Michigan Lutheran High School is funded and organized by the WELS churches in the southwestern area of Michigan and the Northwestern area of Indiana.

While you might say that Michigan Lutheran High School is like any high school in regards to the students, the curriculum, and the extra-curricular activities, there are many things that make it different.  Jesus Christ, and the gospel message, is the central focus of everything MLHS does.  Every class.  Every sport.  Every event.  Every day.  It truly is a blessing to have this vehicle for Christian Education so close to Beautiful Savior.  It also is truly a blessing that we are able to hear and be uplifted by the voices and talents of these students.

Enjoy the Festival Singers when they visit Beautiful Savior.  Thank them for coming.  Pray for them and for the continued opportunities MLHS has to proclaim the gospel and keep Christ at the center of everything they do.


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