Our annual county tour of sermon teasers will take us from the island, north to Friendswood, with a wide variety of takes on the talks which have been especially prepared for the best-attended Sunday in the Christian calendar, Easter.
We’ll start with one of Galveston’s many historic churches, where the Rev. Susan Kennard, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, will remind her flock about that first Easter morning. “When Jesus met the women at the tomb, he told them not to be afraid,” she said. “Here is his word for us as well: Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid to believe that he is alive. Do not be afraid of what he may actually ask you to do, do not be afraid of what people will say, do not be afraid of failure, do not be afraid of anything: He is risen.”
Just across the causeway, in Tiki Island, the Rev. Peter R Holmes, pastor of Tiki Chapel, will preach on the what he terms “most important event in human history.”
“That is the moment when Christ rose from the dead, and proved it by meeting over 500 people over the next 40 days,” he said. “At no time in his earthly ministry was Christ not in control of his own destiny. He laid down his life of his own free will. The enemy took him, because he gave himself to his own death.”
Then we head east to Texas City, where the Rev. Mike Tyson, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, will be celebrate with a sermon he calls from “Despair to Hope.”
“We will examine the resurrection story from the Gospel of John,” he said. “We will look at how the disciples’ lives, after the death of Jesus, went from one full of death and despair to a future filled with life and hope. And, we will explore how our faith can lift us from the depths of despair and sadness to a life that is filled with hope and love.”
Back across the Gulf Freeway in La Marque, the Rev. Catherine Rudolph, executive pastor at Abundant Life Christian Center, didn’t provide a sermon topic, but she did offer a miracle.
“It’s that time of year again,” she said. “Come experience the vivid story of the resurrection all weekend. If you need a miracle, the miracle worker still moves today.
“And see the ministry of Jesus unfold at 7 p.m. today and again on Sunday with our ‘Road to Emmaus’ live production.”
Then north to League City where the Rev. Mike Bauer, pastor of OakCreek Bible Church, said he was excited and planning for two Easter services instead of the church’s usual single morning one.
His sermon will encompass confidence in the Easter event.
“Our hearts need not be shaken,” he said. “In the fire and the pouring rain we won’t be moved because Jesus Christ is risen. I will share from Psalm 16:7-11 that this hope was predicted long before Christ came and it is still true today.”
Our last stop is just west in Friendswood. Here, the Rev. Ron Hindt of Calvary Chapel Houston will preach about losing and finding in his annual Easter address.
“All of us have experienced the frustration of being lost,” he said. “Getting lost can be disappointing and even frightening. However, far worse than getting lost physically is being lost spiritually.
“This Easter Sunday we celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection from the dead and because of that, the victory we can have being found in him.”
Happy Easter from Our Faith.
Rick Cousins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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