“He has risen!” “He has risen indeed!”

Growing up, this was the call and response on Easter Sunday morning, also known as Resurrection Sunday.

Every Sunday should be the best Sunday, but Easter always outdid them all. Anticipation filled the air weeks in advance as we prepared to celebrate our risen King! A celebration it was, a party if you will.

From the rising of the sun till the going down of the same, His name was praised.

It all started before day break. Sunrise service, a simple service to usher in the day, included worship, prayer and scripture.  Our olfactory senses were distracted during the service as the hospitality team was preparing the first feast of the day. We anticipated the breakfast immediately following.

During Sunday School hour, the children were excited to share in celebration through the recitation of speeches and songs.

Transitions from the sanctuary to the fellowship hall to the choir room were buzzing with excitement before the first service began. The ushers carried the chairs from downstairs. Every pew, every seat, would be filled today.

The choir robes were hanging fresh from the cleaners. The choir room would soon be filling up with singers and musicians.On this day, they entered the sanctuary with singing and dancing. Songs were extended, worship filled God’s house, and the people rejoiced.

Preaching was always dynamic at Neighborhood Church of God but on Resurrection Sunday, there was absolutely no holding back.

From the youngest to the oldest, we had fun celebrating our risen King. 

I’m thankful for the wonderful gift God gave the world, His son Jesus. Every year my understanding deepens of His love for me. It’s a love like no other. He could had come down from the cross to save Himself, but He decided to die to save you and me. He didn’t have to do it, but I am so glad He did.

Tamara Cushman

About Tamara Cushman

Tamara Cushman was born and raised in Southern California. She's lived in Florida and attended Discovery for almost 12 years with her husband Paul and three daughters Elaina, Leslie and Destiny. In years past, Tamara served on staff with the children’s ministry at both Discovery East and Central campuses. She is passionate about children, parenting and families growing together. She finds pleasure supporting parents, especially first-time parents. One of her greatest joys is spending quiet time with God at the beach or just in a quiet space.

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