Easter Message from Bishop Schol

April 6, 2021

Disease, a pandemic, a health crisis
Yet, we still rise

Church buildings closed, online worship
Yet, we still rise

Economic downturn, unemployment upturn
Yet, we still rise

Racism and hate crimes increasing
Yet, we still rise

A harsh winter, wild fires, tornados
Yet, we still rise

A trial, a crucifixion, a resurrection
Yet we still rise centuries later

Our God is a resurrecting God
Christ is risen!

We still rise in the midst of a hurting world
to bear witness to
Easter hope, love and joy!

An Easter Prayer
Resurrecting God in the midst of all we face,
you are faithful,
renewing us for a new day,
resurrecting us in this and the next life.
Today we thank you for resurrecting Jesus.
Through the risen Christ we pray. Amen.

Beverly and I wish you a happy and blessed Easter.

Bishop John Schol
The United Methodist Church
of Greater New Jersey