People of God!

HE IS RISEN! Alleluia! Death and the grave have been defeated by our Risen and Living Lord, Jesus Christ! Heaven is the home of all believers in Jesus Christ!

I invite you to come worship and remember and then celebrate with me Holy Week.

It begins with Palm Sunday on April 14th with our worship at 8:15 and 10:45 am -- Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

Come with me to the Upper Room and Garden of Gethsemane in our Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:30 pm on April 18th. We will join as one in Holy Communion that night. If you are able, join us before Maundy Thursday Service at 6:00 pm for a re-enactment of “The Last Supper”, presented by our Sr. Youth. They will also offer a free soup supper.

If you are able, go with me to the Place of the Skull and see our Savior crucified and suffering and dying in our place for our sins at Good Friday Worship at 1:00 pm on April 19th.

And I invite you to come celebrate the empty tomb of our Savior and the Victory He has won for us on that glorious Easter Morning! Services are at 7:00 am and 10:00 am both with Holy Communion which we will be serving in the continual stream below the altar. You are also invited to our annual outstanding Youth sponsored Easter Breakfast after the first service in our Fellowship Hall.

Some of you have not come to worship our Lord in a long time. I invite you, now, to come. Come and worship our Resurrected Lord Jesus on Easter morning in the fellowship of your St. James family. Come again to receive the blessed sacrament. Come again to be renewed and refreshed and be together again. You will be welcome. God's people WANT to be together in worship. If you are able, please come. I will rejoice to see you there.

On a personal note... many of you are aware about our little 3-year-old grandson Lucas. Lucas started experiencing seizures over a week ago and was taken from Munson Hospital in Traverse City to DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Multiple and repeated tests in both hospitals haven't indicated as to why the seizures are occurring. Various meds have been tried to control the seizures to no avail. At the time of this writing Lucas is in Intensive Care under a very heavy sedation with the hope of quieting his brain for three days. After that, the plan is to bring him back to consciousness with a "reboot" of his brain with the hope he won't have any more seizures. Lucas is Annie and Wes' youngest son, and of course, they are very distressed about this and have been camped out at DeVos this entire time. We are blessed to have family and friends from both sides in Grand Rapids, Allendale, and here. Their oldest son, Eli, is being loved and well taken care of during this time. And the family and friends have rallied to help support Annie and Wes during this trying time in many ways. I ask for your prayers for our little guy. Lucas belongs to the Lord. Jesus loves him, and is with him as He has always promised to be even in the darkness. God is good and may His will be done.

"Even if You don't My (Our) hope is You alone" ...beautiful song by MercyMe. Thank you, Kim Mason.

  ~ Pastor Brooks