Many times in our lives, we experience an event that becomes the pivot point from which everything changes. We look back on our old lives “before kids” or “before the diagnosis,” with a range of emotions: nostalgia at a bygone time, anger for unrealized expectations, grief at what once was. And for some of us, the pivot point represents a new phase of life: “after the wedding” or “after retirement.” We can look ahead with hope and possibility, making big plans and setting goals and readying ourselves for something new. Even for our church, we are preparing to think about time “before renovation” or “after demolition.” But for all of us who claim to follow Christ, Easter is for us that pivot point upon which all things changed. Through his resurrection, Jesus offers us new life. But this new life doesn’t come with a plan or a road map; it’s often frightening and fully outside the norms we know. By exploring the stories of people who encountered the resurrected Christ or experienced new life in him, together we will be equipped to look back on these events in our life with a clearer idea of how resurrection changes us and look forward in hope for what lies ahead.
“Old Fear, New Experience”
“Old Rocks, New Stones”
“Old Boundaries, New Inclusion”
“Old Plan, New Interruption”
“Old Authority, New Leadership”
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
“Old Bones, New Body”