Sunday, April 27 was the First Sunday after Easter. We still have our Easter lilies and some fresh spring flowers on the altar and colors are white and gold; our hymns are all Easter season hymns and are some of the most moving in the hymn book. Bishop Hartley began his sermon by stating his theme that Easter proves that good is stronger than evil and took as his text the Epistle for the day, 1st St. John 5:4: “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world…” In this letter we are told that the key to overcoming the world is faith: we receive God into our lives by faith, which is the evidence of things not seen. Don’t try to solve problems without God’s help. Death is the last enemy to be overcome and the lesson of Easter is that death is overcome by Jesus.
On Tuesday, April 22 I drove to Springfield to attend a concert given by a trio of young musicians known as MiXt: a clarinetist a violinist and a pianist, three very talented young men. The concert was one in a series known as the Don Wessel Emerging Artists series given at Juanita K. Hammons Hall and was a great success. After each concert there is a reception during which the public can meet the performers and I enjoyed talking to the clarinetist from Spain, Jose Franch-Ballester, and told him of my studies in Spain in the 1960′s.
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