St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: He is risen!
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter. "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.' And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened."
So here we are, on Easter Day, and the gospel is inviting us to again race with Peter to the empty tomb, shake out the grave clothes and marvel afresh at what God has done. "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (I Cor. 15:55) The empty tomb with its dazzling messengers reminds us that we have been liberated and can walk in continued newness with our ever-living God. The only thing that limits our joy is our reluctance to believe.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge invites all to join us in celebrating the Risen Lord. Sunday morning worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Randal Bruno and the congregation will welcome you.