St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday Youth Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

Monday Evening
Worship Service
7:00 pm
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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column
April 2018

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, He has risen, just as He said.” Matt. 28: 5 – 7

There was a reason the two Mary’s were afraid. They weren’t sure if they’d find Jesus’ body in the tomb. There had also been a violent earthquake, with an angel of the Lord rolling the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. There the angel of the Lord was sitting on the stone, “His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.” This is the scene the women came upon: no wonder they were afraid!

Like the two women at the tomb, we confront times of fear in our own lives. How has fear visited you lately? The fear of not having enough finances can often weigh heavy on your hearts: food and clothes for the kids, education costs, health costs, mortgage, retirement and pensions…fear that there won’t be enough money to go around. Many of you have to face the fear of the unknown in health issues concerning your future. You may fear also for the future of those you love in these “unbelieving and perverse” times. Maybe you simply fear growing old alone.

Putting our fears to rest in that empty tomb of our resurrected Lord allows us to proclaim with joy in this Easter season, “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Halleluiah!” It wasn’t only an angel of the Lord that told the two women not to be afraid. When the women were heading away from the tomb, filled with joy, suddenly Jesus appeared before them with the words of, “Greetings. Do not be afraid….” Our resurrected Lord speaks those same words to you through Scripture. Whatever fears you are facing, know that Jesus went to the cross and rose from the dead to bring you peace and assurance of forgiveness and life everlasting even in the midst of your fears!

May God grant you a blessed Easter season, as we go forward joyfully and fearlessly proclaiming, “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Halleluiah!”

Pastor Croon