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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Celebrating the joy of the Easter season for 50 days!
Each of the four gospels has a version of the Easter story. In each of those stories, the first to the tomb, the first to find it empty, are women. And in turn, those women are the first to share the good news of the resurrection.
In John's gospel, (John 20: 1-18) Mary comes to the tomb alone, while it is still dark. In the other gospels, she is not alone; others come with her - and in all 3 of the other gospels, they go to the tomb at dawn, or just after sunrise. Does the writer have Mary do so, perhaps, to depict the depth of relationship she had with Jesus, to show us the devotion she had to Jesus?
Not yet believing he is risen, she perceives that his body has been taken by someone, and she goes to tell Simon Peter and 'the beloved disciple', who run to the tomb. The beloved sees it empty and believes Christ has risen; Peter sees, yet is not ready to believe.
3 people - Mary, Peter and the beloved disciple - 3 different perspectives in respect to how they come to that point of belief. Mary, Peter and the beloved disciple do come to believe - in their own way, and in their own time.
And we know the story from John's gospel, of Thomas - often spoken of as 'doubting Thomas'. Yet, he too, comes to joyful belief when he has a chance to see for himself.
There is also the story of those walking the road to Emmaeus, who don't actually recognize that one of their travelling companions is the Risen Christ until they take time to share a meal with him.
Don't we have some similar experiences? Some of us come to belief sooner, some later; some come with questions and doubts that we need to take time with - some of us do that in phases, our doubts come and go.
However you come to the place of believing, may you find wonder and awe in the Easter stories, and throughout this season. May you also hold onto the truth that God's love and compassion, shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, is for all of people, everywhere. Thanks be!
Blessings and peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
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Daily Scripture Reading
John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
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From our Conference President
You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.
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