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2000 Luther Dr., Peru, IL

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815/223-1144
Office Hours: (M-F)

8:30am - Noon

1pm - 3pm

 

 

2017-18 Sunday School Schedule CLICK HERE 

Saturday Worship/Communion 5:30pm

Sunday School 9am

Sunday Worship/Communion 10:15am

 

 

 
 

 

 

 


 

A reminder—If you or a family member enter the hospital and you’d like Pastor Kenyon to visit, please call the church office 815-223-1144.

 

 

PASTORS NOTES

Each of our worship services include this statement of faith:  “Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.” 

In the Gospel of Mark (16:1-8) it is Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James) and Salome who walk to the tomb to place spices upon the body of Jesus.  To do so was a traditional way of showing respect for the dead.  Imagine the heaviness of sorrow which accompanied them as they walked together, shivering in fear at the loss and horrific brutality of Jesus’ execution.  Both exhausted and exasperated, fear and grief accompanied them as they walked.  It then occurred to them, “Who will roll away the stone covering the entrance to the tomb?”  The stone was far too heavy for them to roll aside from the entrance which had been carved into the hillside.  Imagine the thoughts which raced through the women’s minds as they bent down crawling into the stone-hewn tomb.  What awful thing would happen next?  To their amazement a young man dressed in a white robe was sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  But he said to them:  “Do not be alarmed, you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here.  Look, there is the place they laid him.”  They were then told to go tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus was going ahead of them to Galilee.  Jesus is literally on the move.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark tells a briefer story of the resurrection than the other gospel writers.  Fear, terror, and amazement are expressed by the women.  The Gospel of Mark has a way of drawing us into the story giving us time to reflect upon Jesus’ death and resurrection.

As followers of Christ, we too are deeply moved by the death of loved ones.  But the additional brutality of the cross heightens both the grief and the fear.  Yet, what does the youthful messenger in the tomb say to the women?  Go!  Jesus is already gone.  The tomb cannot keep him.  He’s again on the move.  Go see him in Galilee. 

Our lives, not unlike the women in this story, consist of winding road experiences.  We experience sorrow, death and adversity, also.  This is part of everyone’s life at some time or another.  Where do we see Jesus?  Jesus is alive both walking with us and leading us to new places, commanding us to share the good news of God’s victory over death.  Jesus is up and running, leading us to be about his work in the world, comforting the sorrowful, feeding the hungry, encouraging the forsaken.  God’s work, Christ’s work, our hands!

CHRIST HAS DIED.  CHRIST IS RISEN.  CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN!  

ALLELUIA!!

Pastor Kenyon

 

 

 

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