St. Peter's United Church of Christ
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“But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?” “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him. Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?” She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!” Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.”
John 20:11-18, The Message
“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’”
John 20:19-29, NRSV
Much has changed in our lives over the past few weeks. A virus called COVID-19 has invaded our lives and turned our normal world upside down. We now have been out of our sanctuary for the past two Sundays and will continue so at least until the end of April. Yes, that means we will not be together in the sanctuary for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. But that doesn’t mean that Easter won’t happen.
We will celebrate Easter, albeit remotely. My question is in what way will we celebrate this year? Will we be like the disciples in John’s and hide out from the world and this virus? Or will we be like Mary who after recognizing the risen Jesus ran and told the disciples just what she saw?
If we are a true Easter people, I believe that we will be like Mary. Maybe we won’t be able to go and tell others on Easter that Jesus has risen. However, whenever this is all over, we all will have that chance. Because as true Easter people, everyday is Easter, everyday we are called to go and tell.
Easter should not be reserved for just one Sunday a year. According to Father Cedric Prakash SJ, a human rights activist and a Jesuit priest based in the city of Ahmedabad in western India, being an Easter people involves all the following:
Easter is Faith—the simple, pure faith of ordinary people, who know that Jesus, our Risen Lord is truly the Messiah; the one who has come to set them free from earthly bondages and from the slavery of sin. A faith which is deep and eternal—not a temporary, passing, magical fad!
Easter is Hope—for a new dawn: the one which removes the clouds of fear and darkness. The hope, which is radiant and nurturing, which counters hopelessness, when all is lost. The chrysalis moment when the butterfly is about to be born and becomes hope for the flowers.
Easter is Mercy—his words resonate so powerfully through the portals of time: “this day you will be with me in Paradise”; “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” One truly celebrates God’s mercy and His grace that we rise and run willingly into his loving embrace.
Easter is Justice—so meaningfully epitomized when Jesus on his knees, washes the feet of His disciples. He excludes none. We are called to do the same: wash the feet of women, children and men; particularly the excluded; to break bread with them; to ensure a more just, fair society.
Easter is Love—before his death on the cross, Jesus gave his disciples a new, non-negotiable commandment “Love one another; as I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Love is the core, the essence of discipleship. “By this all will know that you are my disciples!”
Easter is Peace—which our broken world yearns for! A peace which reconciles, bridges, builds and heals. It is not the peace of the graveyard or the empty tomb. It is peace which sustains, gives life and meaning, based on justice and liberty. Jesus says, “My peace I give you!”
Easter is Joy—which Mary experiences when she finds that the ‘gardener’, is in fact her “rabboni”—her Master and Mentor, her Savior and God. The joy that makes her run in haste to give the “good news” to the brothers. The joy that a woman is in fact, the first real evangelizer.
Easter is Journey—the way of the cross of those who dare: Peter who denies Jesus, Simon who is forced to help, women who weep; at the foot of the cross Mary his mother, with his disciples James and John. The journey Jesus makes to Emmaus with men of little faith, with the lost.
Easter is People—those who are touched by him in many ways. People who are not afraid to follow him. Those who spontaneously recognize him in the breaking of the bread. Those who have the courage to be his witnesses for a more just, reconciling and peaceful world!
Despite this virus that has us temporarily apart, we are called to embody the Easter message of Faith, Hope, Mercy, Justice, Love, Peace, Joy, to journey with Jesus and his people! If we are disciples of Jesus, we have no choice but to be the “Easter People”, every day and to live the gifts of His Resurrection in every dimension of our lives!
Peace and Blessings,
Please pray for these people
on their designated day in April
1) Phyllis Knackstedt
2) Vicki Lindenberger
3) Mike and Dorothy Luty
4) Mike and Kimba McCormick
5) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha
6) Dave and Cynde Neufeld
7) Rachel Neufeld
9) Ray and Jeanne Osborn
10) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls
11) Lenore Postier
12) Loren and Denise Postier
13) Elva Rump
14) Devin and Jessica Schierling
Karson, Kash, Kella
15) Gene and Karen Schierling
16) Roy and Shivawn Schierling
17) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder
18) Jerry and Ruth Sisson
19) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey
20) James and Sophia Stephens
21) Freddi Stowe
22) Jessica Stucky, Haley
23) Allen Thiessen
24) Merle and Karen Thiessen-
25) Allen Thiessen
26) Merle and Karen Thiessen
27) Verla Thomason
28) Jim and Donna Toews
29) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki
30) Dennis Ureche (Pastor) Diane Miller
31) Marcelyn Wittorff
Revised Common Lectionary Readings
April 5 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11
April 9 Exodus 12:1-14
Maundy Psalm 116:1-2,12-19
Thursday 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
April 10 Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Good Psalm 22
Friday Hebrews 10:16-25
April 12 Acts 10:34-43
Easter Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
April 19 Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20: 19-31
April 26 Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
All activities at the church are postponed until further notice. Right now, probably at least thru April or until more new information in available.
Sunday Morning Church Services, and an every other day daily devotional are available online on Youtube and Facebook. Links are also being sent by email.
If you know of someone that needs help with daily activities, groceries or food, or any other requests, please contact Pastor Dennis or the Church Office.
Virginia Bosworth, Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand,
Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Gretchen Kimble, Brianna Krull, Bill Maurer Sr. Danny Parr,
Loren and Denise Postier, Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene and Karen Schierling,
Jim and Sophia Stephens, Norma Friesen’s grand and great grandchildren, Betty Bengston,
Virgil Bengston, Geoff Lambert, Sam Seymore, Elian Dorantes, Junis Schroeder,
Misty and Bill Dunn
Mary Barg Family and Friends
Gary Regehr Family and Friends
Kelly Peterson Family and Friends
Noleen Binder Family and Friends
Gwen Watley Family and Friends
1 Becky Knackstedt
5 Rachel Harman
9 Jessica Thiessen
13 Gene Schierling
15 Pastor Dennis Ureche
20 Dorothy Luty
22 Shivawn Schierling
23 Beverly Castleberry
25 Levi Spears
30 Terri Bornholdt
27 Dean and Carmalee Winebrinner
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, April 24
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to
Redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment
The Blood Drive is still going to happen as this is so important right now. Precautions have been put in place by the Red Cross to keep everyone safe. No meal will be served.
"Rooted in Love," based on Psalm 1:3a, will be the theme of the 33rd biennial General Synod, to be held July 16-20, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
Featuring a tree and a river, the logo incorporates not only the scriptural theme – "they are like trees planted by streams of water" – but certain UCC values as well, said the Rev. Penny Lowes of Rochester, Mich., moderator of General Synod 33.
"The beautiful image of a colorful tree rooted near living water is a perfect logo for the challenging times in which we find ourselves," Lowes said. "As diverse members of the United Church of Christ, our many roots entwine to give us resilience and strength. Together, we spread our branches of love, offering shades of faith and hope to a weary world. I believe this scripture and image will resonate deeply with the people of Christ as we strive to build a new creation of righteousness through a just world for all."
St Peter’s United Church of Christ
107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506
Inman, Kansas 67546
Church –[email protected]
Pastor Dennis Ureche—[email protected]
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Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor
Ellen Neufeld, Organist
Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary
Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:30 AM
June thru August: No Sunday School
Morning Worship 9:30 AM
Followed by Brunch