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During the season of Easter (from Easter Sunday until Pentecost, which this year is June 9), we will hear stories from the Book of Acts, stories that offer us glimpses of what the first followers of Jesus experienced as they lived into the reality of his resurrection. What do the stories of these individuals reveal to us about God’s promise to make all things new? How can Easter be more than a day for us? What does it mean for Easter be a way of life and a way of faith? Join us this season as we claim our identity as Easter People!

After the first Easter Sunday, the disciples' response contained more fear, isolation, and doubt than joy, amazement, and faith. What does their experience teach us about how to handle the fear and doubt that emerges in us and in our community? How can we find the courage to be honest about our questions and respond to the questions of others in a way that engages rather than isolates? 

Wilson Kennedy, our Youth Director, tells about a young man named Eutychus who fell out of a window while listening to preaching. This odd little text is chock full of wonderful considerations for us and our life together, especially on this Confirmation Sunday. What do we all have to do so that we might continue to be the church into God’s future? Where is hope found in the midst of constant loss and grief? These #EasterPeople give us a clue into who we are in light of the Risen Christ.

Resurrection comes to the town of Joppa in the form of the apostle Peter, who has been summoned by a group of women grieving the death of their dear friend, Tabitha. Peter calls Tabitha back to life, back to action, and invites her — and her friends — to live into a new identity as #EasterPeople, those who believe God has the power to make all thing new.

Do we, like Tabitha’s friends, expect that the resurrection power of Easter is poised to visit us? How is God calling us, as individuals and a church, to live into our identity as Easter people?

Peter is someone many of us can relate to — eager to please Jesus, he tries to play by the rules. But in this story, the movement of the Holy Spirit reveals that God is playing a whole different game!