Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

An Easter Message

Reverend Dr Julia Pitman

This Easter you are invited to attend church to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God.

At Easter, Christians are called to put aside the cares of work, family, and holidays to worship the triumphant risen Lord. ‘Up from the grave he arose’, is the first line of the 1874 gospel song by Baptist pastor and church musician, Robert Lowry, ‘with a mighty triumph o’er his foes.

He arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign. He arose, He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose.’

The Bible invites us to follow Jesus in his sacrifice of his life for the world and his resurrection from the dead. As we live our lives every day as baptised believers, we follow the path of Christ’s death and resurrection.

When we sacrifice our lives and live in the light of the resurrection, then we abolish fear, restore confidence, and abound in joy!

In the final verse of Charles Wesley’s famous hymn, ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’, our resurrection life is transcendent, like the path of an eagle: ‘Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head; made like him, like him we rise, ours the cross, the grave, the skies.’


Minister, St Paul’s Uniting Church

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