What local clergy will focus their sermons on today

Parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church hold lighted candles at the Saturday night Easter Vigil service in downtown Grand Junction.

“It’s Easter, so I’m going to tell the story,” said the Rev. Kerry A. McCormick of Redlands United Methodist Church, 5276 Village Way. “It’s one of those days that all you have to do is tell people that whatever you thought was in the grave, He’s not.” Twice in the Gospel of Matthew women are instructed not to be afraid, McCormick said. That has to do with “our ability to engage our spiritual selves, free from guilt and shame and free from all the things that bring guilt and shame.

“God,” she said, “has loved us into a new reality.”

“I will be sharing both the good news and the bad news on Easter,” said Pastor Jeff Goodwin of Loma Community Church, 1307 Garfield.

“I’m sure I’ll do what the Bible does, point out that all have sinned and fallen short. Everyone in the end needs a savior and the miracle of Easter is that God provided the Son as the savior.”


At Palisade Christian Church, 3702 G Road, Pastor Jim Petermen urges people to say a small, private prayer “thanking Jesus for what he has done for you.”

Today, “I will talk exactly about the resurrection story, not that it’s a story, but it’s a reality. This is the greatest event ever to have happened. It proves without a shadow of doubt that there is life after death and that those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ will have eternal life given to them because of what he did on that Sunday.”


At Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24 1/2 Road, a visiting pastor, Dave Blakeslee, will spin pottery while delivering the sermon.

“It’s a great metaphor for how Scripture tells us that we are the clay and he is the potter,” said Kirk Yamaguchi, senior pastor.

— Gary Harmon


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