Striving toward the promise of Christ’s Resurrection
April 16, 2017
Blessings to you on this Easter Sunday. As you celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, may you experience the hope of eternal life and lean into the promise of a world where God’s reign will be fully realized.
As heirs of Resurrection hope, Presbyterians are striving for a world that comes closer to God’s goal for humanity and all creation. Last year in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the life of a young woman was transformed because the world took a step toward God’s reign. People like you who support One Great Hour of Sharing helped bring about positive change in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the life of Olga Pedraza.
Olga was looking forward to a new life and career, but her chances seemed to be fading. Jobs are scarce in Holyoke, a town of 40,000 people filled with abandoned factories that once fueled the local economy. The job search is especially tough for people like Olga who have a prison record. After serving time on a drug-related charge and beating drug addiction, she completed training to help others overcome substance abuse. Olga was excited to start a new career as a counselor in which she could draw from her own experience to aid in others’ recovery.
“More than 7,000 lives are being transformed, thanks partly to a grant from the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People,” says Lena Entin, an organizer with Neighbor to Neighbor. “This victory means that stories like Olga’s will be repeated over and over again.” Self-Development of People (SDOP) works with grassroots groups in the United States and internationally that seek to change structures perpetuating poverty, oppression and injustice. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing enable SDOP to participate in the empowerment of people like Olga.
Pat Cole, communications specialist with the Presbyterian Mission Agency
Today’s Focus: One Great Hour of Sharing/Easter
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray:
God of Resurrection, we give thanks that you raised Jesus from the dead and that you have raised us to walk in newness of life. May we be faithful witnesses to the heavenly reign that Jesus came to establish, and may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 16, 2017, the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Day) (Year A)
Easter Day Readings:
First Reading Acts 10:34-43
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Reading Colossians 3:1-4
Or alternate Second Reading Acts 10:34-43
Gospel John 20:1-18
Or alternate Gospel Matthew 28:1-10
Easter Evening Readings:
First Reading Isaiah 25:6-9
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel Luke 24:13-49