Have we forgotten whose we are?  Have we forgotten what we are to do?  Have we forgotten our mission?   In a short while we will remember, reflect and celebrate the greatest moment of human history.  We will painfully remember the circumstances, people and events that led to our Lord’s death, and we will joyfully celebrate the glorious moment when God claims victory.  We can enthusiastically join in singing William James’ great hymn, “Easter People, Raise Your Voices.”  “Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.  Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music let it ring.  Alleluia, Alleluia!”  Yet there are more people outside of church on Sunday that participates in worship. There are more of our family members occupied in various activities than accompanying us in worship.  There are more children at Wal Mart on Sunday morning than in our Sunday Schools. There will be fewer persons in worship than there are on the official church roles. I am sure that God rejoices over every person who comes before him in worship to praise, give thanks and rejoice.  I am equally sure that God grieves over every person who elects to ignore him as resurrected Lord.  Easter is a bitter sweet time.  Sweet because of those good and faithful souls who stand and sing “Easter people raise your voices.”  It is a bitter time because of the many people who have forgotten how to sing.  There must be a tear in God’s eye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rev. Dr. Edward Grove