“He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!”
Dear Members & Friends of Indo-Pak UMC,
I wish you and your families a blessed Easter!
Although it seems we had a very long winter this year, signs of spring are beginning to appear. You can hear the birds chirping, and see the snow melting. Tulips, daffodils and other flowering bulbs are poised with their buds ready to bloom. Soon our lawns and trees will be green and thriving again. All this should lift one’s spirit and give hope for the warm and comforting days to come.
The waning days of winter and early signs of spring remind us that the somber days of Lent are ushering in the joyfulness of Easter. We entered into Lent on Ash Wednesday with fasting and repentance. Soon this state will give way to a time of rejoicing and celebration, as our focus shifts from the suffering of Christ on the cross, to His victory over death by rising from the grave. As the psalmist states, God turns our wailing into dancing, removes our sackcloth, and clothes us with joy! (Psalm 30:11)
We are excited to announce that Josh Norman of Chosen People Ministries will be the featured guest speaker at our Maundy Thursday Service on March 28th at 7:00 p.m. Josh will bring the interactive, “Messiah in the Passover,” presentation to Grimes Hall. This remarkable hands-on, 1 – 1 ½ hour program is designed to give participants seated at banquet tables a deeper understanding of Passover, the Communion table, and atoning work of Jesus. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!
Let us rise up and celebrate the resurrection with joy and passion this year, and find peace in the midst of hopelessness. A fellowship dinner will be served after both our Good Friday and Easter services.
Come and celebrate Holy Week with us:
Palm Sunday March 24 5:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday March 28 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday March 29 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast March 31 6:00 a.m. at Daniel & Anita Lall’s house
Easter Sunday Service March 31 5:00 p.m.
May the Lord richly bless you,
Rev. Ernest C. Singh
Indian Church, Pakistani Church, South Asian Church, Chicago, Illinois, hindi, urdu