Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012
Mark 16:6-7 He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. 7 Now – on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
He is Risen! Today we join with Christians around the globe in celebrating Easter. We join with our brothers and sisters in Liberia in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Today, we are reminded of promise of new life, of Christ’s victory over death, and of the power of God to make all things new. As you celebrate with family and participate in worship, may the promise of God’s love for you be realized today.
Over the course of the past forty days we journeyed from Monrovia to Ganta. We visited with children, doctors, missionaries, and explored the cultural nuances of Liberia. Our prayer has been that you might experience through stories, sound, pictures, and video the heart of the Liberian people. We also hoped to give witness to the ways God is at work in and through the United Methodist Church.
Our Global Outreach Ministries give us the privilege of partnering in misson with our brothers and sisters across the globe. As we seek to share the love of Jesus with others, we are witnesses to the resurrection, not just on Easter, but every day.
May the promise of new life give you the hope to live into who God would have you be. Every blessing to you this Easter Day.
You can find all 40 days, plus Sundays, here. We leave you with four videos (below), giving witness to the need and the love of God at work in Liberia.
We rejoice with you, Lord, as we offer our praise to you this day. We join with others around the globe and proclaim, “He is Risen!” As we raise our voices in praise, remind us again of your power to defeat darkness in this world. Because you are the Lord of new life, we stand in awe of your glory. Shower the people of Liberia with your resurrection hope and remind us of our place in your story. Grant this day, O God, that we might not only stand in awe of you, but be moved to respond to you. We love you, Lord, and thank you for loving us. We offer ourselves to you, in the name of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.