Arbor Grove Congregational Church
April 2021

Dear Friends,

Easter has come, after a year that has been like no other in our lifetime worldwide. Each of us has struggled to carry on as closely to normal as we could. The normal things of life and 
death have continued, along with extraordinary events of violence and heroism. The best and worst of humanity have been on display.
Into this, our situation, comes God’s answer to sin and death: the resurrection and the life. One understands, however, what happened to Jesus  after his crucifixion, what we know as Christians, is it was not the last  word.
A people empowered by the experience of the rising of their Lord took  on all that would defeat them to face oppression and persecution, and  changed the world forever. Their experience of the risen Lord has be come ours, as well as a mandate to take on the principalities and powers  that seek to sever our ties to one another as the human family.
The risen Christ is the fundamental reality Paul points to when he says in  Romans 8, “Neither life nor death, nor angels nor principalities, nor  things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything  else in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God  in Christ Jesus, our Lord!”
That is our Easter message! That is the hope in which we stand. That is  the power that will save the world. Take heart, dear friends! He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Pastor Linda Farmer-Lewis
Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
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