Good Friday/Blessed Easter

“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
Yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted,
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace
was on him
and by his wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV2011
Beloved in Jesus,
As we pause today to remember, may we move into faith and thanksgiving in the middle of our contemplations of His great suffering and sorrow. It matters not on what actual day it occurred. What matters is that it did occurred! He willingly chose to die for you and for me, erasing our sin and enabling a life of praise and thanksgiving! As we ponder and wonder at love so great, I pray an empowerment to open and receive the depth of His love for us, for truly this is love expressed in the deepest of all levels. He didn’t just die so we would know He loves us, but it is a part of the atonement, sacrificial package that is involved in the sacrifice of His life. When we begin to grapple with the awesome provision, this day takes becomes an opportunity for wonder and produces a heart of great thanksgiving. May our day reflect this wonder, love and thanksgiving.

I am sending this out early so you will have it before this day is completed. We have a combined service tonight with the Church of the Resurrection in East Syracuse in their main Sanctuary. We would have it in our Center, but there is not enough room to do so. Last year we had a nice large crowd and our facility is ample for about 90 folk seated. However, when it came to fellowship time, it was wall to wall people. So we needed to be in a larger place this year, and I delighted at the invitation to share the event with my church. So if you are in our area at all, please join us. Directions are on our web site. It is going to be a really good – Good Friday Service.

Wherever you are, I pray your day is a good one in His love. I have listed our events below. I am praying a blessed Easter Celebration for each of you in your appointed place of Sunday worship. His provision for us is awesome in every way. Celebrate thoroughly and completely – and let it be very personal. He intends it that way. Just because it was done in a magnificent world view expression – it was still very much for me, for you. Receive it as such and enjoy Him in and through the entire week. 

Have a blessed Easter,


Now for the Schedule: (Week of April 22-30, 2011)

Friday – 7 PM – Good Friday Service – Psalm 19 + Church of the REZ – At Collamer Rd. Sanctuary, East Syracuse, NY
Lauren leading worship with combined worship ensemble
Pastor Lou Giordano + Iris preaching service.


Wednesday – 10 am – Greek Canceled for this week.
                       12:30 – Wednesday prayer
                         1 pm – Joe Godfrey teaching


Don’t Forget the TV program at 9:30 pm Sunday Evenings on Time Warner (Syracuse) #98.

We so appreciate your prayer covering.

Coming Events: Please pray ahead with us. 

Spring Conference – Fish kill – May 14, 2011 – See Web Site for directions for registration.

Stella Maris – June 8, 2011 

Be certain to check our new web site: and my bog:

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