April 11th
1 SAMUEL 9:1-12:25
 
April 12th
1 CHRONICLES 9:35-39
1 SAMUEL 13:1-5
1 SAMUEL 13:19-23
1 SAMUEL 13:6-18

1 SAMUEL 14:1-52
 
April 13th
1 SAMUEL 15:1-17:31
 
April 14th
1 SAMUEL 17:32-19:17
PSALM 59
1 SAMUEL 19:18-24
 
April 15th
1 SAMUEL 20:1-21:15
PSALM 34 


 

April 16th
1 SAMUEL 22:1-2
PSALM 57
PSALM 142
1 CHRONICLES 12:8-18
1 SAMUEL 22:3-23
PSALM 52
1 SAMUEL 23:1-12
 
April 17th
1 SAMUEL 23:13-29
PSALM 54
1 SAMUEL 24:1-25:44
 
April 18th
1 SAMUEL 26:1-27:7
1 CHRONICLES 12:1-7
1 SAMUEL 27:8-29:11
1 CHRONICLES 12:19
PSALM 56
 
April 19th
1 SAMUEL 30:1-31
1 CHRONICLES 12:20-22
1 SAMUEL 31:1-13
1 CHRONICLES 10:1-14
1 CHRONICLES 9:40-44
2 SAMUEL 4:4
2 SAMUEL 1:1-27

​Pastor's Page

April 1st
JUDGES 3:31-6:40
 
April 2nd
JUDGES 7:1-9:21
 
April 3rd
JUDGES 9:22-11:28
 
April 4th
JUDGES 11:29-15:20
 
April 5th
JUDGES 16:1-18:31
 
April 6th
JUDGES 19:1-21:25
 
April 7th
RUTH 1:1-4:12
 
April 8th
RUTH 4:13-22
1 CHRONICLES 2:9-55
1 CHRONICLES 4:1-23
1 SAMUEL 1:1-8
 
April 9th
1 SAMUEL 1:9-4:11
 
April 10th
1 SAMUEL 4:12-8:22

April 20th
2 SAMUEL 2:1-3:5
1 CHRONICLES 3:1-4
2 SAMUEL 23:8-17
1 CHRONICLES 11:10-19
2 SAMUEL 23:18-39
1 CHRONICLES 11:20-47
 
April 21st
2 SAMUEL 3:6-4:3
2 SAMUEL 4:5-4:12
 
April 22nd
2 SAMUEL 5:1-3
1 CHRONICLES 11:1-3
1 CHRONICLES 12:23-40
2 SAMUEL 5:17-25
1 CHRONICLES 14:8-17
2 SAMUEL 5:6-10
1 CHRONICLES 11:4-9
1 CHRONICLES 3:4
2 SAMUEL 5:13
2 SAMUEL 5:4-5
2 SAMUEL 5:11-12
1 CHRONICLES 14:1-2
1 CHRONICLES 13:1-5
2 SAMUEL 6:1-11
1 CHRONICLES 13:6-14
 
April 23rd
2 SAMUEL 6:12
1 CHRONICLES 15:1-28
2 SAMUEL 6:12-16
1 CHRONICLES 15:29
2 SAMUEL 6:17-19
1 CHRONICLES 16:1-43
2 SAMUEL 6:19-23
 
April 24th
2 SAMUEL 7:1-17
1 CHRONICLES 17:1-15
2 SAMUEL 7:18-29
1 CHRONICLES 17:16-27
2 SAMUEL 8:1-14
1 CHRONICLES 18:1-13
PSALM 60
 
April 25th
2 SAMUEL 8:15-18
1 CHRONICLES 18:14-17
1 CHRONICLES 6:16-30
1 CHRONICLES 6:50-53
1 CHRONICLES 6:31-48
2 SAMUEL 9:1-10:19
1 CHRONICLES 19:1-19
 
April 26th
1 CHRONICLES 20:1
2 SAMUEL 11:1-12:14
PSALM 51
2 SAMUEL 12:15-25
2 SAMUEL 5:14-16
1 CHRONICLES 14:3-7
1 CHRONICLES 3:5-9
 
April 27th
2 SAMUEL 12:26-31
1 CHRONICLES 20:2-3
2 SAMUEL 13:1-14:33
 
April 28th
2 SAMUEL 15:1-17:14
 
April 29th
2 SAMUEL 17:15-29
PSALM 3
PSALM 63
2 SAMUEL 18:1-19:30
 
April 30th
2 SAMUEL 19:31-20:26
PSALM 7
2 SAMUEL 21:1-22
1 CHRONICLES 20:4-8

Spring and Easter—Death and Resurrection
“We are witnesses to these things” -Acts 5:32

New life is beginning to spring forth this time of year.  Each year, all around me, my senses begin to awaken to springtime.  My nose will soon fill with the dirt and grass aroma of spring.  Days begin crisp and cool and end up warm and breezy.  On walks around the neighborhood, I’ve begun to notice the first green shoots poking up out of the dirt.  Just yesterday, I noticed a single small purple flower in our backyard. Think about what nature is like before spring arrives.  We know this well here in western New York.  Where smells and sights and sounds of life eventually enliven spring, months and even days earlier it seemed like death was all around.  The ground was covered with snow, and before the snow, we watched plants wither and die in the fall.  The wind sent a cold chill throughout our bodies.  The air was filled with the dry coldness of winter.

Like springtime, life springs forth for us as people of faith.  Particularly this time of year, as we begin the season of Easter, we hear and read stories of resurrection, of Jesus being alive and bringing others to new life as well.  This is our hope as individuals, and it is our hope as a community of faith.

Just like nature moves from winter into spring, in faith, new life comes from death.  Jesus died.  Three days later he was resurrected and was alive.  New life cannot happen without death.  We sometimes have a difficult time with this reality because we do not like to acknowledge death.  But death is real.  We all know this truth, some of us quite intimately as we grieve the death of those who we love and who loved us.

Death precedes resurrection.  Without death there is no resurrection.  We believe that the new life that springs forth after death comes from God.  Even though it seems contrary to how things seem in this world, life gets the last word.

Spring is a hopeful time of year, and it gets me thinking about new life.  As the church we are a place of new life, of renewal, of resurrection.  The work that leads from death to new life is not easy.  It is often messy and painful.  Think of the giant changes that nature goes through each spring to bring about new life.  This work of transformation in the church is also often messy and painful, AND it can lead to new life.

As I think about new life in the church, I first think, once again, about death and resurrection.  It is with this background that I ask you about both of these things this spring.  What ideas, perceptions, and things must die for new life to spring forth for us as a congregation and community of faith?  And what type of new life are you hopeful for as a result of this death?  

Death and resurrection go hand in hand for us as Christians.  We cling to the promises of new life as we struggle with death.  Hope and joy do come.  Jesus’ death turns into resurrection hope for all.  We are witnesses to these things.

Living in the midst of death and resurrection,

Pastor Adam

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