Subject: West Side Update — March 28

Redeemer West Side
28 March 2016
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Hello ,

On this first Monday after Easter, the joy and celebration can quickly feel like a dream, particularly less than a week removed from another terrorist attack. We long for hope, sang about it yesterday and today must live it if Easter is to have any credibility in our lives and the world. How does that dream become a reality? One way is to think about Easter the way Phillip Yancey describes it:

"There are two ways to look at human history. One way is to focus on the wars and violence... and tragedy and death. From such a point of view, Easter seems a fairy-tale exception [but] If I take Easter as the starting point... then human history becomes the contradiction and Easter a preview of ultimate reality. Hope then flows like lava beneath the crust of daily life."

For you that hope might find its expression in joining the church or volunteering through HFNY, or by signing up for a community group or inviting a friend to church. For all of us it means renewing our commitment to live out the joy and hope of the words so many of us spoke in unison yesterday: “The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

In Christ,

David Bisgrove
West Side Congregation Lead Pastor

Pray

As we reflect on the hope, joy and life that comes from Jesus’ resurrection, think about how it gives us a new outlook on our relationships, our neighborhoods and our city, and enables us to be carriers of this good news to our friends, coworkers and neighbors. Please pray that many would experience the lifegiving hope of the resurrection.

  • Lord, give me a greater appreciation for the lifegiving power of Jesus’ resurrection and help me to apply the renewal it brings to my heart and my outlook, so that I extend the grace and love of the gospel to the people you have put in my life.
  • Lord, help us as a community to be encouraged and energized by the resurrection to joyfully welcome and serve the people we meet at a Sunday service, a Neighborhood Gathering or at a community group. 
  • Lord, we ask you to make us better witnesses of the love, joy and hope that comes from the gospel so that we can continue to  help people across NYC encounter the power of Jesus’ resurrection for the first time.
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