At Easter time we talk a lot about resurrection. By this word we
Christians usually refer to a wonderful promise and hope of a life after
death which we share with Christ and our loved ones. We have this
because of the conquest of death by God through the life, death, and
resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a marvelous reality and
something which gives our lives meaning, purpose, and joy.
But if this is all it means, we’ve probably missed about half of the
meaning and power of the resurrection. Resurrection has as much to do
with here and now as it does with the hereafter. Resurrection has to do
with this world as well as the world to come. Death and resurrection is
a fact of life as well as a fact of faith.
At times in life when we have given up hope and have been in despair and
have discovered in our walk with Christ that God has come into our lives
with a healing power and hope and we find that we can live again with
joy - that is resurrection. When we have had to give up some cherished
dream that we have had all our lives (that is a form of crucifixion),
and have discovered in the midst of our sorrow that God had something
better and more important than that cherished dream, which we thought we
could never do without, that is resurrection. When we have faced death, in any form, and discovered that God has delivered us, and the resulting
life is better, sweeter, and more meaningful because we appreciate how
precious life really is, we have found resurrection.
May we all find resurrection here and now as well as in the hereafter.
Have a blessed Easter!
Grace and Peace,
Family is a great blessing from God!
Pastor Scott and his beloved sister, Sharon
Who Is Our Pastor?
Pastor Scott Griffith, a lover of M&Ms, is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith.
He was raised in New City, New York. After graduating from Summit High School in 1982, Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and elementary education.
In 1994 he was called into ministry by the Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, where he had been serving as Music Director. After serving for five years there, he was appointed to a two-point charge in Kearny, New Jersey. Before coming to Arcola United Methodist Church here in Paramus as a full time pastor, Rev. Griffith was serving as a full time pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
Pastor Scott serves Arcola by singing in the choir, sitting in on all meetings and getting involved with the youth. Among Rev. Griffith's interests are reading, collecting coins and listening to music.
Won't you come and be a part of our ministry? Our service starts at 10:00am with fellowship to follow.