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Orangethorpe Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Robert L. Case Pastor

"The Small Church with the Big Heart, Everyone Welcome"

2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.

Fullerton CA 92833

(714) 871-3400

www.orangethorpe.org

occhurch@att.net

April, 2018

~~~~~ From Pastor Bob ~~~~~

Easter

Love Overcame
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
Is complete.
"Love Overcame" by Julie Palmer

We are aware of all the problems in our lives and this world but Easter gives us hope. Hope that all of our pain and grief will one day cease. Hope that one day God’s Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. When we see Jesus we see a God who loves us and has promised not to let us down. Though things, at times, might seem dark, Easter reminds us that there will come a day when their will be no more tears and no more pain. So, what do we do in the meantime? We wait with patience. As Paul put it: “… suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Things might not be perfect but Easter has given us hope for our lives and this world.

A Catholic Easter Prayer:
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

See you in Church this Sunday and may God bless, Pastor Bob