Pastor's Weekly Letter

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A Note From Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas

Dear Congregation,

We are huddled in our houses, sheltering in place, with great anxiety and fear of what is ahead of us. You may think I am writing those words about this very moment, but actually, I am quoting what the early disciples must have been confessing on that first Easter Day. The Gospels tell us that the disciples were hiding together in a room, hiding in fear, when the news came to them that the tomb was empty, and Jesus Christ had risen. So in many ways, as we too huddle in our own houses, let us hear the good news that comes in such situations: Jesus Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

We can only offer Easter Sunday worship online this year, but we do believe that Easter deserves the full experience that Westminster historically offers. So in our online service, we will return to Easter Sunday 2019. The bulletin offered to you contains that service, so we invite you to print it out, say the words, and sing the hymns, that announce the joyous news of Easter day. Our online Easter service will be offered at two times on Sunday, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Invite your family and friends to worship with us.

Next Sunday, April 19, is another important day. It is the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. As a gift to the community on this important day, our online worship service next Sunday will offer a special service of music from our music ministry. But other parts of the service will be current, as our message addresses the significance of remembering, in terms of good times and tragic ones.

I wish you and your family a very blessed Easter day. Even though we may still feel like the world is in the deep valley, the empty tomb rings out a message of hope. Let us embrace that hope as we walk on from the empty tomb.
 
In God's love,
 
Dr. Paul J Kirbas
Pastor/Head of Staff
Westminster Presbyterian Church