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Easter greetings from Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), Gradye Parsons

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Happy Easter to you! I hope you have spent part of this day in the community of faith that you call home. Worshiping with your sisters and brothers, enjoying that great Easter music, seeing friends, and celebrating the gift we have of the knowledge of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that happened for us on this day. The theme of the General Assembly this summer is, "Abound in Hope" based in Romans 15:13 where Paul gives the blessing, "May the God of hope, of Joy, give you all the blessings in the world so that you may abound in hope". And we should be abounding in hope because God has been so good to us and given us so much in this life with our family and with our friends. Many years ago when my son was in elementary school there was one year that he was playing basketball in the elementary school league and he had another classmate and every Saturday we'd have to go to his house and get him out of his house, help him get dressed, and help him get to the gym. His mother worked odd shifts. His father was in prison. It was difficult, sometimes, to find two shoes that matched but we did that for him because it was part of our joy of being around people. Several years later we received a phone call at night from him. He was part of a Christian rock band and was calling to thank us because we were the only people back then that believed in him. You can do that when you abound in hope. When you believe in God so much that you actually believe what God can do in other people you can be a gift to people and help them abound in hope too. So, I hope this Easter finds you a hopeful person, around hopeful people, and hopeful for what God is doing in the world. Thanks and God bless.