Easter Messages from Spokane
Date: Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017    Time:
Posted by: Spokane Cares

Easter Message from
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Learn Principles of Peace from the #PRINCE of PEACE.

More than 2,000 years after Isaiah called Him the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ is still our key to peace.  Consider the role of Jesus Christ as the "Prince of Peace," and find the inner peace that comes from the life and teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ. 

In the week leading up to Easter, we invite you to view 8 videos focused on the individual stories of people, whose lives exemplify different principles of peace:  faith, God's word, compassion, gratitude, prayer, forgiveness, repentance, and hope.  May we honor Him and find His peace in our lives.

Submitted by President Brent Byers
Spokane East Stake
(April 2017)

Easter Message from
The Episcopal Church

Easter morning is often a time celebrated with fancy clothes and baskets of candy.  Easter, however, is so much more than that.  Easter is about the triumph of love over hate, the triumph of life over death.  Easter, the Feast of the Resurrection, is a powerful reminder that new life comes from death, and an invitation to embrace and hold fast to that new life.  

God cares for us so deeply that as Christians we believe God came and lived as one of us, lived as one of us so truly that the Son of God died a painful death.  This death however, is not the final word, it is not the end.  God, we believe, broke the bonds of death in the resurrection and promises to all of us that the life Jesus lived we too can live.  We believe that this resurrection life is not simply something that we have after we ourselves die, but something we live into here and now.

So how do followers of Jesus live into this resurrection life?  We live into this resurrection life when we celebrate and embrace and claim the life of Jesus by doing as he did - we offer mercy, compassion, forgiveness, justice and healing.  We feed the hungry and house the homeless and clothe the naked.  We care for the orphan and widow, we welcome the stranger, we love our enemy.  Resurrection life speaks the powerful truth that the rich are not somehow more blessed than than the poor.  Resurrection life speaks the truth that violence and destruction are not the way of love.  Resurrection life speaks the truth that all are beloved children of God.  When we live into resurrection life we cannot separate into "us" and "them" for all are brothers and sisters in God.  So while it is fine to buy the new clothes and enjoy the Easter candy, the real joy of Easter is to live resurrection life.  This Easter may you know the joy that is life, that is love, that is resurrection, and embrace and live into this life.  

Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg
Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
(April 2017)

Easter Message from
The Catholic Church

The empty tomb has so much to say to us. It puts us in touch with the emptiness we often feel in life, particularly at the death of a loved one. But it also serves as an invitation for Jesus to do something new. The irony is that Jesus himself creates the emptiness of the tomb by leaving death behind in order to re-enter our lives as the Risen Lord. The message is clear: do not be afraid of the emptiness in life, for it is an emptiness that only He can fill, which He wants to do by making His home in us.

A blessed Easter to you all.
Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of Spokane
(about 2013)