Easter Sunday Messages in Broadneck
Broadneck Patch explores what is on the minds—and in the sermons—of local pastors this Easter Sunday.
The Easter Bunny has visited and the eggs have been colored and found. But for many Christians in the local area, the Easter season provides an important time to reflect on the meaning that the Resurrection has on their modern day life.
For Pastor Cameron Edgar of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold, he will use the reaction of Mary Magdalene on the resurrection morning to remind his congregation about the importance of turning troubles into joy with Jesus’ love.
“The angels and then Jesus asked Mary Magdalene at the tomb why she was weeping,” said Edgar. “Why would Mary not be weeping on that early morning? They had taken away her Lord and she did not know what was happening, but her weeping turns into proclamation that Jesus is God of love, compassion, peace, grace, mercy and resurrection. May our weeping transform into a proclamation of a risen Savior that lives for us all.”
Reverend Stephen Tisinger of Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian will also focus on the scene that Mary Magdalene and the Mother Mary observe as they approach the empty tomb and then are told to go tell the disciples what they have seen.
“We are called to see the Risen Christ in ourselves and each other, to see a new reality that is ours because of the Resurrection,” said Tisinger.
For Pastor Abby Thornton of Broadneck Baptist Church in Cape St. Claire, she is using Matthew's account of the Resurrection story.
“It uniquely mentions that Easter morning began with an earthquake—with the shaking of the world,” said Thornton. “We usually think about Easter's implications for the life beyond this one, but perhaps just as important is the question of how it is shaking, transforming, and changing the landscape of the world in which we live—not with devastation, as quakes usually do, but with restoration and recreation.”
“It shows that Jesus can show up anywhere at any time--lets us know that after Easter, we live in a world that is very different than the one we lived in before,” Thornton continued, “and it’s becoming more different by the day as, piece by piece, Christ puts us back together.”
Father Martin Burnham of St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church said his parish also proclaims the Easter story from the gospel of Matthew, with magnificent scenes and descriptions of earthquakes, angels descending from heaven and guards becoming like dead men,
“Great things have been promised us, if we merely look beyond the status quo in our world to see the incredible possibilities our God has in store for us,” Burnham said of the resurrection meaning.
“My prayer is that all Christians on the Broadneck Peninsula will step out of the status quo with the powerful faith that Easter provides them so that we as a Church may impact our community in the miraculous ways that our God intends for us,” Burnham said.
For a listing of Easter service times for local churches, click here.