"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5)

Joy comes in the morning! After the dark of night, the sun's rise brings warmth and brightness back to the world. In a similar way, after enduring the sorrow of the Lord's crucifixion, the women who first came to the tomb that Easter morning discovered that He had risen. We also rejoice at the Lord's resurrection, for it signaled His total victory against the hells and the glorification of His Human.

Each year, we celebrate the Lord's resurrection on that beautiful Easter morning. But the Lord's rising is not only something that happened two thousand years ago. It is also something that can happen in each one of our own lives when we look to the Lord Jesus Christ as our God and Savior. Each time we turn to the Lord, He can rise in our hearts with joy and blessings. This is the message of Easter morning: the Lord is with us always. We hope that your celebration of Easter is bright and joyous!

Highlights include

Quotes from the Lord's Word About Easter Joy Coming in the Morning (PDF)

Concept Article: "The Glory of the Lord" by the Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh

Teen Article: "Trying to Entomb the Lord" by the Rev. Grant Odhner

Family Talk: "Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord" by the Rev. B. David Holm

Coloring Page: The Angel at the Tomb by Robert Glenn (PDF)

Easter Diorama Project (ages 9-14) (PDF)

 Family Activities for Joy Comes in the Morning

Miracles of Easter Window Wheel (ages 6-12) (PDF)

For Reflection: Joy Comes in the Morning (for teens and adults) (PDF)

Make and Display and Easter Representation (ages 8-14) (PDF)

Sunday School Lesson on the Easter Story in the Gospel of John (ages 9-12) (PDF)

Morning Light Poster (photograph copyrighted by George Graham) (PDF)

"Easter in Our Hearts"