Early on that first Easter morning all hope was lost. Their hopes, dreams, and future had come to an abrupt stop. Now what? Where would they turn now? And then it happened. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to tomb, expecting to find the body of their crucified rabbi and friend, only to find it empty and an angelic messenger telling them that He had risen, just as He had foretold. And that’s when everything changed. Their despair was transformed into hope. Their defeat was changed into victory. Their sin was converted into salvation. Just like that, it all changed.
At First Church we have known and have lived that reality. 24 years ago, at about the same time of the year, our hopes, dreams, and future abruptly stopped with a bomb blast just across the street from our church. Where would we turn to now? Where would we find hope again? And then it happened. That same resurrecting power from that first Easter fell upon our church and our city. From the ashes of death came resurrecting life from above.
I pray you will join us this Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City for our very special Easter Sunday worship experiences. A sunrise service will begin at 6:45 am at the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, followed by a breakfast at 7:30 am, Sunday school at 9:30 am and an Easter celebration and worship at 10:45 am. You will be moved by the pageantry, simplicity, and miraculous power of the morning. You will be encouraged by special music, inspired by touching stories, and motivated by the power of the resurrection. I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City. Come and celebrate the power of the resurrection with us this Sunday!