April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

I hope you all had a joyful Easter yesterday, we sure did. It was a holy day of celebrating the risen Christ with our church family, we loved it. UBC is such a gift to us, we always joke that if it didn't exist we're not sure we'd find a church in Texas! It is such a unique place and it is hands down the best "fit" of any church we've ever experienced (and between Adam and I over 35+ years, we've experienced a lot of church). We don't have words for how much we'll miss it when we move, a tough act to follow to be sure. Yesterday was emotional for me (shocker...story of my life these days), as I looked around  and thought of all the people we'd miss and knowing it was our last Easter in that holy place. Our pastor's son got baptized yesterday, and baptisms always make me cry, the dying to your old self and being raised new in Christ, its always so moving to me. And since we're Baptist and don't practice infant baptism, for us when you come to an age of understanding what it means to follow Jesus and you choose to get baptized, its such a neat thing to watch/experience/be a part of.

Following church we went to our friends house and a bunch of us brought food and spent the day lounging and in fellowship together, the family that we've all created in each other and done life with together over the years - it was so good. We didn't get home until about 7:45pm, we were among the last to leave...savoring every minute we have left with these people, such a blessing.

These are some lyrics to one of my favorite songs by Matt Maher:

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he's alive! he's alive!

Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/matt-maher/christ-is-risen-lyrics/#KFHKXEtxtJppvSLG.99
Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he's alive! he's alive!

Last Easter our pastor, Josh said "We get to stand at the empty tomb and almost mockingly say "Oh death, where is your sting?"

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.


2 comments:

Carrie Schlafmann said...

Sweet photo --
And we feel exactly the same way about our church here. I find myself welling up with tears every Sunday, knowing I only have a few more weeks to be part of our incredible fellowship.

Anonymous said...

He is risen indeed! Bless His holy name!
It saddens me too as I love coming to your church when I visit - to see your friends and to listen to Josh! Will trust God to lead you to a wonderful church in California.
XXOO
Mom
P.S. Brennan looks darling! (and so grownup)