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Awful and Awe-full…
The worst of times and the best of times

“…the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where he lay.’” Matthew 28:5-6 (ESV)

The season of Lent encourages us to spend time reflecting on the journey of Christ toward His suffering and death—and then the wonderful celebration of His resurrection from the dead.  From the worst day ever, where the worst that can ever happen happened to Jesus—to the currently-reigning best day ever in the span of three days.  I say “currently-reigning best day ever” because even that day will be eclipsed by THE DAY—the return of Christ…the Day Jesus comes to take us home to Himself in heaven forever.  Or, as we confess it in the Apostles’ Creed:  “the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.”

Here I am…sitting in my dining room—my makeshift “office”—from where I have been doing most of my work, going on four weeks now.  Wow.  It still makes me shake my head, know what I mean?  Yes, I know you do!

Easter is still in my mind and heart—okay, that’s always true!  I meant the way we did Easter this year.  We utilized something I’ve heard about and known about for a long time.  This thing known as the livestream.  The ability to broadcast our Worship Service.  Not all that long ago I wouldn’t have given a second thought to me being involved in that right now.  But behold!  By the grace of God—and the wonderful work of some gifted people—we’re doing it!  And we are doing awesome things in many other aspects of our ministry as well.  Right here, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I invite you to join me in continuing to behold our great and loving God, keeping His promise in Romans 8:28 right before our very eyes:  “…for those who love God all things work together for good…”  

I’m awe-filled at how the Lord is blessing His people to continue ministry during these “stay at home” days!  I thank everyone involved in our Sunday School Ministry who are providing parents the resources to teach Bible stories and lessons at home; I’m amazed at our Cross Lutheran School Faculty and Staff and the level of excellence in education being carried out and into the homes (via online digital learning).  I thank God for the Live Stream Dream Team who brings the Worship Services into our homes.  That team consists of [in alphabetical order] Trixy Bailey, Corey Brandenburger, Brittany Harris, Pastor Mark Harris, Joseph Jankauskas, and Courtney Mann.  I appreciate each of you beyond words!  Not to be left out are Janice and John Thiem—our custodial team.  Though very few are around the church campus, they are making sure regular deep-cleaning and sanitization have taken place according to current standards and best practices.  When we are finally able to return to 2171 Common Street—she will be ready to greet us!

On that first Easter the angel said it and Jesus said it:  “Do not be afraid.”  Keep clinging to Jesus and His Word!  He is with you now and always!  

Jesus loves you, and I love you, too!  May the risen (indeed, Alleluia!) Lord of Life continue to bless each of us with courage, strength, faith and joy!  God be with you until we meet again—and I get to see you in church!

Pastor Don Fraker


Pastor Fraker leads a study of the Epistles of St. John.The Holy Spirit inspired John to write the Gospel of John, the book of Revelation, and three epistles.These letters bring dynamic grace into the lives of followers of Jesus, empowering us to love God more and love each other better!Plan to join us each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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