Easter Sunday was a very pleasant day, perfect for getting up early and taking the little ones to hunt Easter eggs and spend some time taking pictures of the family in the Bluebonnets. This week will be great after some light rain on Tuesday.
Remember that Leonard Foster’s birthday is on April 10th. Also, April 10th is Terra Burdette’s birthday. And then, Sherry Kothmann Clauson will party on April 12th and Monica Cotter will celebrate on April 13th. And, Jackson Calhoun will be six years old on April 15th. Herman and Jimmie Hitzfelder will celebrate their anniversary on April 9th and Zak and Shanna Price will have a great time celebrating their first anniversary on April 11th. The weather is perfect for a great party; have some fun.
Next Sunday, April 11th, A Southern Gospel Concert will be presented at Art United Methodist Church at 5:00 p.m. in the evening. This is a special musical event with Bill Cotter performing. You don’t want to miss this!
Then, on Sunday, April 18th, we will have our Annual Church Picnic in the Park.
The UMW will meet On Tuesday, April 20th at 2:30 p.m.
The Art Men’s Choir began the Easter service by singing "Up From the Grave He Arose". And the entire Art Choir provided the Special Music by singing "Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven" before the sermon.
Reverend Krause’s Easter sermon was titled "When the Job is Done". The Gospel scripture was from John 20:1-9. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb very early in the morning while it was still dark. She noticed that the stone had been removed from the entrance of the tomb. She ran to tell the disciples and Simon and another disciple came to look into the tomb. The other disciple came first and looked into the tomb, seeing only the linen cloths lying there. Simon then came and entered the tomb, also seeing only the linen cloths lying there. But the burial napkin which had been around Jesus’ head was not with the other linen cloths, but was still wrapped up in a place by itself.
The other disciple then entered the tomb and was also convinced and believed that Jesus was not in the tomb and the cloths were as Simon had seen them. They did not yet understand the statement of Scripture that He must rise again from the dead.
The carpenters of that day worked all day in the heat and wiped the sweat from their foreheads on special cloths. As a signal to other members of the house that they had finished their work, they would neatly fold the cloths and lay them in front of the house. Their work was finished. The neatly folded cloth that had been on Jesus’ head was a signal to others that Jesus’ work on earth was finished.
It is said that Christ built us a roadway to Heaven, a pathway of spiritual light, built of two boards and three nails. Jesus was born as a man, a man without sin, a pure man. He spent three years teaching, healing, ministering, and changing lives. He showed us the Father’s power and pure love. He gave us the opportunity to be free from our sins and offered us eternal life.
He allowed Himself to suffer for our sake. He left an empty tomb with His head covering as a sign that His work was finished on earth. Jesus had risen from the dead just as He had promised. He had risen from this earthly world and gone to His heavenly world. He had completed the pathway that would take us to Heaven. Our road to God is finished. Alleluia! Alleluia!