A community church in North Andover, Massachusetts

Easter 2021

Thine is the glory,
Risen conquering Son!
Endless is thy victory
Thou o’er death has won!

In the spring we see plants coming back to life with new green growth, and flowers, and the sweet scents of warmer air and sun. We see the birds and woodland critters becoming more active, some even after an entire winter’s sleep.

And we realize that the God who died and rose again created a world where that incredible truth is plainly visible if we just look for it. God, in the person and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, died and rose again, and he made a world where that is reflected, however poorly, in the seasons.

The exciting fact is this: in the seasons we see a poor image of God’s intention, God’s plan, but in Jesus Christ we see the reality. The seed goes into the ground, “dies”, and then rises to life in the new plant that grows. But the man who died on the cross, goes into the ground and rises, not just to new life for himself but for all humanity.

Saying it mildly, the last 12 months have been an unusual year for God’s people throughout the world, including us at First-Calvary Baptist Church. But there is one thing I have heard time and again from our members: no matter what happens, we trust that God is still fully in command, and that nothing happens, nothing happens, without his leave. And there is no better time than Lent for us to remember that truth. We have been “buried” by the lock-down for a year or more, but now we hope we can gather as a worshiping community on Easter. And if we cannot, we can still celebrate Christ’s resurrection on-line or in our homes.

With that in mind, I would invite everyone to join us Maundy Thursday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m., in the sanctuary to commemorate the Last Supper of our Lord, and then Easter morning at 9:30 a.m. for a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. We will have our on-line service as well at 10:30 a.m. on Easter. Please join us as you may.

“Endless is the victory
Thou o’er death has won!”

Blessed Easter to you and peace,
Pastor Rob Branch, interim