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Up and At ‘Em! Words meant to ignite, energize and move. In essence, these are the words of the Risen Jesus to His disciples on the evening of His appearance to them: “Up and at ‘em.”; “As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.” He equips with the Holy Spirit. He brings Thomas and us from doubt to faith. He gives us what we need in order to carry out the mission. He gives us Himself and that is enough!

“Christ is Risen!” It’s as familiar as “Good Morning!” and “How are you?” Familiarity is a big part of Easter at Concordia. Familiar songs. Familiar sights and smells (Easter Lilies!). Even familiar words of Resurrection joy from Scripture. Familiarity is good, until it isn’t. This Easter weekend, we will enjoy familiar patterns and habits of worship, but we will also be challenged to embrace the supernatural, the unfamiliar and unexpected. When God touches a human life, nothing is normal again. And that is reason to celebrate. Get ready to experience something superbly supernatural this Easter!

“Christ is Risen!” It’s as familiar as “Good Morning!” and “How are you?” Familiarity is a big part of Easter at Concordia. Familiar songs. Familiar sights and smells (Easter Lilies!). Even familiar words of Resurrection joy from Scripture. Familiarity is good, until it isn’t. This Easter weekend, we will enjoy familiar patterns and habits of worship, but we will also be challenged to embrace the supernatural, the unfamiliar and unexpected. When God touches a human life, nothing is normal again. And that is reason to celebrate. Get ready to experience something superbly supernatural this Easter!

As you enter worship tonight, you are given a smooth black stone. In an ancient court of law a black stone represented a guilty verdict. A white stone represented an innocent verdict. Consider the guilt you bear for which this stone is a reminder of judgment. Later in the service you will have an opportunity to lay this guilt aside.

The bread and wine we consecrate and distribute, we believe, is a miracle--a miracle because in some mysterious way, the risen Lord Jesus Christ attaches His very self, His broken body and shed blood, to this meal.  It is a meal to be received in faith--faith that your sins have been forgiven and faith that what Jesus says about this Supper is true.

The Sunday before Easter is known by two names: Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. The one name narrates the single day Jesus entered into Jerusalem. The second, Passion Sunday, narrates the entirety of Christ’s suffering and death in preparation for the day of Easter Resurrection. At Concordia this weekend, we bend toward Passion Sunday while still waving palm branches and remembering Christ’s entry into our world’s suffering.

Lent and Easter shine a bright spotlight on who God is and what He has done through Christ. How we go about bringing that faith into the lives of others, while remembering it in our own struggles, is a question Jesus answers for us this weekend through a noontime conversation with a very different kind of person. Pastor Seidler leads us into the life of a woman whose world was a complete mess--a life Jesus came to restore and return to God. Together, we will learn Jesus’ Method for Leading People Back to God.

Do you remember playing “Follow the Leader?” Depending on the imagination and skill of the leader, it could be a lot of fun. It could also be used to teach trust. In Sunday’s lessons, we follow God--our Leader--all the way from Abraham’s home in Haran to Canaan and, ultimately, to the home of a sinner named Nicodemus. As we follow Him, we grow in our faith and trust in Him as Leader. He will not lead us into temptation, but will deliver us from evil. As John says, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Jesus, Lead Thou On!