Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for May 2022
Message from the Interim Pastor
"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!"
-- 2 Corinthians 5:17
Happy Easter! It was lovely to see so many of you in church on Easter, to witness the
baptism of Isabella Eve Anderson, and most of all- to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
I've been partial to Easter and to this quote from 2 Corinthians for many years. I think I
first truly understood Easter when I was 18 years old and my beloved Uncle Ken died
on Easter Monday. He had been battling cancer and he left us much too early. One of
those losses that we still grieve deeply in our family. His funeral took place the next
weekend, with the church still decorated for Easter. We sang Easter hymns. The lively, resurrection themed music sung as we gathered around the casket brought to life
for me the promises of Easter in a new way. Though our bodies will all eventually die,
we have hope in the promise of resurrection and eternal life. In his life and in his
death, my uncle was an example of faith for me.
The verse from 2 Corinthians reminds me that we are made new in Christ, anytime we
live in him. Done something you aren't proud of? In Christ, you are forgiven and made
new. Is there a part of your life that has died (relationships, jobs, friendships)? Let
those go, and God will make room for something new.
Both of these things are true in the church as well. The church is constantly dying and
rising. We must always be made new in Christ. And for new life to come, there must
also be a letting go, and a kind of dying.
Easter tells us that God makes life come out of the tomb. We may rise with scars, and
we may be changed- but through Christ, we will rise. Do we trust this promise?
Let's pray about this, and trust that God will make new things come for us in all areas
of our life.