Yesterday was a glorious day in many ways. It’s always good to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord. And I’m still moved by the symbolism of a resurrected church or sorts, how we were shut down on a Friday and had church by Sunday. This is our testimony, but not just about having church services. This is our testimony as followers of Jesus Christ! We serve the risen one, and he gives us life. Amen.
Yesterday 12 more people indicated that they were committing their life to Christ. God is moving! Understand the joy and magnitude of what I’m talking about: In the past four weeks 45 people have “raised their hand” in our interactive chat forum to say they were committing their life to Christ! We understand that this could be first time or a return to faith, and either way, we celebrate it! Amen. Hallelujah.
With our online gatherings, it’s difficult to follow up with people unless they contact us. We are doing what we can to prompt that so we can help get them started on the right foot. Please join me in praying for them.
Yesterday was also glorious for another reason. Dave Kniss was the interim pastor who welcomed me to this church ten years ago. He was dear to many of us. He became my friend and mentor. In recent months he had received a terminal cancer diagnosis. We thought he had more time, but yesterday, on Easter, at just the right time, he suddenly and peacefully went home to be with his Lord. We are sad, but we also rejoice. He was very clear that he wanted his memorial to be a Celebration of Death. He was convinced that his death would be victory! He was not eager to leave here, but he was eager to see Jesus. He made it, so we celebrate. Yet we also mourn our loss, and pray for Esther and the family as they grieve.
We will let you know the plans for his service, along with Joanne Miller’s, Marge Christner’s, and Hertha Kornhaus’s, when restrictions are lifted and plans are finalized.
God is good all the time. He will never leave us nor forsake us. His promise is good and true.
Pastor of Sarasota Community Church since 2009.