Sunday Reflection – Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023

Story Time



Matthew 28 The Sabbath was over, and it was almost daybreak on Sunday when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord’s angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook from fear and fell down, as though they were dead.

The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place where his body was lying. Now hurry! Tell his disciples he has been raised to life and is on his way to Galilee. Go there, and you will see him. This is what I came to tell you.”

The women were frightened and yet very happy, as they hurried from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and greeted them. They went near him, held on to his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid! Tell my followers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”




Performed by Margaret Whisselle

Kids Korner: Jesus is alive again (Easter Sunday, April 9th)

Read Matthew 28:1-10 with your family.

Easter Sunday is a wonderful day of celebration. All of the horrible things that happened to Jesus on Friday are behind us and we get to celebrate. The Hallelujahs come back because Jesus is alive. We can dance and sing and pray.

The women at the tomb on Easter morning arrived feeling sad, but very quickly felt joy when they learned that Jesus was alive again.

Our Jewish siblings have a tradition of spreading honey on specially prepared pages of scripture, scooping it up with their fingers, and putting the honey on the lips and tongues of small children so those children will know how sweet the words of God are to all people. Christians don’t have that specific tradition, but we can celebrate by tasting the sweetness of candy and knowing how sweet it is that Jesus is alive again.

Kids Korner: Easter Sunday (April 17th)

Read Luke 24:1-12 with your family.

Some churches often forget that the women came back to Jesus’ tomb while the men were hiding in the upper room, scared about what would happen. In all the excitement about Jesus’ resurrection, we forget who the first witnesses were to the empty tomb.

Jesus was very intentional about teaching women and men about God and the world God wants to make. It wasn’t only about the 12 named disciples and what they understood or the mistakes they made. The women were there, learning and believing.

In all Christian traditions, Mary Magdalene is a saint because she was the first one to tell everyone about Jesus’ resurrection.

Sunday Reflection – Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

Story Time



Luke 24 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance, they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, and they did not know what to think.

Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them. The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said, “Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive?  Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you, ‘The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.’ ” Then they remembered what Jesus had said.

9-10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women were the ones who had gone to the tomb. When they returned, they told the eleven apostles and the others what had happened. 11 The apostles thought it was all nonsense, and they would not believe.

12 But Peter ran to the tomb. And when he stooped down and looked in, he saw only the burial clothes. Then he returned, wondering what had happened.




Performed by Margaret Whisselle