Rejoice, for Christ has risen! Take today to celebrate your achievement this Lent and share your learnings with friends and family
Here we are arriving at the end of our Lenten Journey of what it means to be a guardian of creation. Let this not be an ending but rather a new beginning in bringing forth the best of what you have discovered, form new habits and actions that restores the balance of this amazing world that we all share.
Acts 10:34-43; Ps118:1–2, 14–24 (UMH 839); Col 3:1–4; Jn 20:1–18; or Matthew 28:1–10
Acts of the Apostles 10
34Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. 35Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. 36 You know the word [that] he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, 37what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and [in] Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. 40This man God raised [on] the third day and granted that he be visible, 41not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,his mercy endures forever.2Let Israel say:his mercy endures forever.3Let the house of Aaron say,his mercy endures forever.4Let those who fear the LORD say,his mercy endures forever.5In danger I called on the LORD;the LORD answered me and set me free.6The LORD is with me; I am not afraid;what can mortals do against me?7The LORD is with me as my helper;I shall look in triumph on my foes.8Better to take refuge in the LORDthan to put one’s trust in mortals.9Better to take refuge in the LORDthan to put one’s trust in princes.10All the nations surrounded me;in the LORD’s name I cut them off.11They surrounded me on every side;in the LORD’s name I cut them off.12They surrounded me like bees;they burned up like fire among thorns;in the LORD’s name I cut them off.13I was hard pressed and falling,but the LORD came to my help.14The LORD, my strength and might,has become my savior.15The joyful shout of deliveranceis heard in the tents of the righteous:“The LORD’s right hand works valiantly;16the LORD’s right hand is raised;the LORD’s right hand works valiantly.”17I shall not die but liveand declare the deeds of the LORD.18The LORD chastised me harshly,but did not hand me over to death.19Open the gates of righteousness;I will enter and thank the LORD.20This is the LORD’s own gate,through it the righteous enter.21I thank you for you answered me;you have been my savior.22The stone the builders rejectedhas become the cornerstone.23By the LORD has this been done;it is wonderful in our eyes.24This is the day the LORD has made;let us rejoice in it and be glad.
1If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
1On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned home.11But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. 13And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. 17Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.