A Waiting World!
After the disciples bore the horror of their Lord and Master being crucified and buried; the shame of their own abandonment of Him in his greatest hour of need; the fear of the Roman authorities and of their own religious leaders hunting them down... ON THE MORNING OF THE THIRD DAY ... Jesus Rose! It is a fact of history. He actually rose, bodily, from the dead and departed the tomb, in front of the Roman soldiers and the Temple guards who had been charged with guarding the sealed tomb. There was nothing they could do to stop it and nothing they could do to explain it after the fact. Jesus was alive. There was (and is) no body in the grave to go see!
The Disciples were gathered in the Upper Room, for fear of their lives. They didn't venture out over that weekend and only the women went on Sunday morning to the tomb itself, after Passover, to tend to the body of their slain leader. Much to their dismay, there was no body there - but their dismay turned to inexpressible joy, when Jesus met them in the garden and on the road and in the Upper Room itself in his post-resurrection form, one that was solid yet ... he could just be there and then ... locked room or not. It was the same, but very different! Some didn't even recognize Him at first, but that soon gave way to recognition and joy.
In these weeks, we invite you to join us on the journey of discovery that the disciples, The Twelve, had with the Risen Jesus, in Jerusalem and in Galillee, at the sea side and in the Upper Room. Jesus encountered them where and as they were. He loved them in spite of their failed faith and lack of faithfulness; He forgave them and restored them and gave them the Promise of the Father: Not many days hence, I will send the Holy Spirit of Promise.
Join us as we wait and watch and pray in these days leading from Easter to Pentecost! Come and worship; Come and pray with us for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God in our lives; Come and be together with us, as we seek God for the City and for the whole world around us, which is still the focus of God's love.