is Risen! Alleluia!
May this good news in Christ Jesus,
risen from the dead, victorious and reigning over us in love, bring
joy to all who read this journal.
I recall Easter celebrations past and look forward to this year's
celebration, my connection to Jesus and his church has many musical
links in the chain. Whether you have a "singing voice" or not, music
has a way of bringing words to life in us. Certainly Jesus needs no
fanfare to raise him from death, but we are accustomed to attaching
his good news to music. Add music to words and they stick to us.
Jesus risen from the dead sticks to us
with eternal life. This life is not somewhere in the future, but is
the song of our lives in the present. His life sings over every
opposing force we face and swallows it up in victory. With Jesus
stuck to us--sin and failure, darkness and evil, doubt and fear,
even the last enemy death--cannot not stick to us.
His life gives our life meaning. His
life shapes our mission. Ultimately, our mission is to be the music
of Easter--to bring words to life that will stick with others. This
is the song of our lives and the Music of Easter. I also believe St.
John's mission articulated as "Meet! Experience! Live!" is the same
Jesus! These words are
the downbeat of St. John’s mission and the pulse of the Gospel. He
we don't lead with Jesus, we're stuck to the wrong message. Jesus is
the real deal; his resurrection changes our destiny; his grace
sustains our life! He is beyond history; He reigns eternal; He lives
today! Thus, we believe Easter is more than a day. It is the way to
live every day with Jesus.
the Support of the Church!
This is the melody line of our mission and the principal
reason for our web publications. Throughout these pages you read
from the song of ministry that is shared among us as the Body of
Christ. It is a sample of places where we can connect. We desire to
support one another as people who show Jesus is alive by our love
for one another. There are any number of reasons that disconnect us
from a community. Easter can be a new beginning of reconnecting for
all of us—whether longtime member or first time visitor, returning
from a lonely place or rejoicing in reunions. We believe we’re
Disciples! This is where
our mission becomes a song with themes, harmony and expression. If
we believe Jesus’ resurrection changes everything, then the
invitation to follow him gives us a new world view. Our mission is
too big to be contained within a church service or even a single
community. We voice that expression in terms of a vision of being a
community where we are sent out to a vigorous healing ministry
embracing the Kingdom of God as Jesus’ witnesses in…
Jerusalem (our church family)
Judea (our neighbors and
relationships close to home)
The Ends of the Earth (making
a global impact)
church and school have a lot on the menu of things to do, but what
we do sticks to Jesus and his mission. The vision we have is one
that takes the song to the streets and airwaves as disciples who are
sent from our gathering here to our mission in the world. That’s
what we do, for example, in St. John’s School. Our school isn't a
sanctuary from the world. We are a prep-school for disciples who
already are the music of the redemptive, healing work of Jesus in a
broken world. What is true in our school, is equally true in the
worship setting, Bible classes, Group Life, ministry for children,
youth and adults, music, prayer, service and caring ministries—all
are ultimately movements of the same music, the mission of Easter.
Christ is Risen! And his people
respond, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
May our “Alleluia” be the embrace and
awakening to new beginnings of sticking with Jesus and the song of
his mission in us. Alleluia!
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