In the name of the Risen Lord, amen.
As it is every Easter, my first word to you is “welcome.” There is something special about Easter morning – signs of new life surround us in the form of birds chirping and flowers blooming as we enter the church and who isn’t stirred up by singing “Jesus Christ is risen today”? It will be Opening Day for baseball soon, and so all is right with the world again after the cold and dark of winter. Part of what makes this such a wonderful day is each of you. If you were here for every single service of Holy Week, welcome to you. If you are here against your will, but are just trying to make mom and dad happy, welcome to you. If you are here as family and friends of the children who will baptized this morning, welcome to you. If this is your first time worshiping at St. Luke’s and are looking for a church home, know that you are always welcome. In the reading from Acts this morning, St. Peter says “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,” and I agree with that statement. Whatever your political affiliation, whatever mistakes you’ve made, whatever doubts you have, welcome in the name of the Risen Lord. Whoever you are, you are welcome here today.