Church Within
Easter Service of 1998

Offered by

Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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4/12/98 - '98 Easter Sunday Service of Church Within #81
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Siblings, and welcome to the 1998 Easter Sunday Service of Church Within.

Today is significant to me for many reasons. Easter has always been a special day for me, but later today I will be performing a Church Within First Communion Service for my 8 year old second grade son Danny. He made his own bread for it yesterday and felt pretty good about himself being able to do it. He will also be the one to break and pass it. The breaking and sharing of bread with our extended family will be a part of the ceremony, but the Focus will be upon Communion/Talking with Jesus and with God. I am excited about his excitement and just felt like sharing that with you all.

Now... on to our Regular Easter Sunday Service.

What is the Significance of Easter?

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Quotes
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(from the KJV Bible John 16:5-7)
But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the
truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

(from Young's Literal Translation Bible John 16:13-15)
and when He may come -- the Spirit of truth -- He will guide you to all the truth, for He will not speak from Himself, but as many things as He will hear He will speak, and the coming things He will tell you; He will glorify me, because of mine He will take, and will tell to you. `All things, as many as the Father hath, are mine; because of this I said, That of mine He will take, and will tell to you

(The RSV - Peter I 1:3-5)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance
which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(The Urantia Papers Paper-193 Section-0)
"I lived my life in the flesh to show how you can, through loving service, become God-revealing to your fellow men even as, by loving you and serving you, I have become God-revealing to you. I have lived among you as the Son of Man that you, and all other men, might know that you are all indeed the sons of God. Therefore, go you now into all the world preaching this gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all men. Love all men as I have loved you; serve your fellow mortals as I have served you. Freely you have received, freely give."

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The Sermon
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What is the Significance of Easter?

If you ask little children, I would bet that the overwhelming 1st response would be The Easter Bunny, eggs and candy. Truthfully, it would have been mine as a little child. Ya know... When I ponder back, I bet Easter is what instilled in me the joy of seeking and finding. Oh I did Love searching for treats that I knew Must be there, hidden somewhere by some invisible being if only I looked in the right places... he never made it impossible to find, just difficult. The seeking and finding was Glorious! Still is. Now that I have grown up, somewhat ;-), I get that same exact feeling when I am actually looking for truth, beauty and goodness. I Know they are there... if only I look in the right places. Hmmm... perhaps that part of Easter does have a touch of significance to it after all too. We have been told: "Seek and you shall find." Why shouldn't it be as fun as it was on Easter?

What is the Significance of Easter?

        I think I was 8 or 9 the first time I thought of the Resurrection of Jesus Before I thought of the Easter Bunny and the search for goodies... and I was brought up in a very religious Catholic home. Up to that point, the significance of the Resurrection was more than my young mind could grasp. But all of a sudden I thought about Jesus surviving mortal death. I thought that was more significant. Quite frankly, I didn't think much about redemption of sins at that age, what Really touched me was that He was "out there" somewhere and I could talk to him and he would, if I was sincere, listen to me. I could be in Communion with him because of his Resurrection! Ya know... that's Still the most significant thing about Easter to me.

What about you?
What is the Significance of Easter?

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The Prayer
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Dear Ever Loving Source,        
        Help me to see the Significance of each and every moment from Your perspective. I know that always I will fall short of Your full understanding, but each day share with me another piece of it. Strengthen in me the desire to find all of the things that You have placed in my path which await my discovery.

A Joyous Easter to you all!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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