NEW CASTLE —
Get the gospel message out.
That was the challenge the Rev. Joseph Lahr issued yesterday to worshippers at the third annual community Easter service at Lawrence Village Plaza.
For Bob Peters, though, the task actually began a few days earlier.
Each Easter, those who attend the 7 a.m. outdoor event have the option of sitting in lawn chairs or — when temperatures are in the mid-30s, as they were yesterday — to stay inside their cars and listen through their radios.
As of Thursday, though, Peters — a Shenango Township supervisor and one of the Third Presbyterian Church members who organize the service — had yet to locate a low-power FM transmitter that makes the system work. The one used the last two years was no longer available, and “the only one I could find was in Yankee Lake (in Brookfield, Ohio), and they were using it until midnight,” Peters said. “I wasn’t going to be driving up to Yankee Lake at midnight.”
Peters’ next move was to try local funeral homes, and he started with the Noga’s on South Mill Street. There, he said, Russell S. Noga got on the Internet and located a transmitter — in Michigan.
“Oh, that’s a good place for it,” Peters recalled saying, “but Rusty said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll be here tomorrow.’ I asked him how much it cost, and he said, ‘If you’re doing a sunrise service, I’ll donate it to you.’ So the Noga Funeral home bought the transmitter, and now we have one that’s ours.”
Thus, whether in folding chairs or cars, everyone got to hear Lahr preach from Luke 22:66-71, in which Jesus declares to his accusers that he is the son of God, and is condemned for it.
“They convicted the Lord on what he said,” the pastor of Cornerstone Community Church said. “By his very own words, they convicted him. So I’m going to ask you this morning: By his very own words, are you laying hands on the sick? He said you could. Are you seeing Jesus for who he is?
“If they convicted him and put him to death for who he was, how much greater shall we live for who he is?”
Lahr reminded listeners repeatedly that Jesus is risen and alive, and that although that is cause for rejoicing, the celebration of Easter shouldn’t stop there.
“He lives in me, he lives in you, but he’s also doing a work across the world,” Lahr preached. “We get so focused on what God did, but I want to know what you’re doing. I want to see lives changed, I want to see things happening. I want to see people’s families transformed.
“When was the last time that you declared that ‘Jesus is alive’ to somebody standing alongside you pumping gas? When was the last time you were in Walmart and you shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with somebody? You have no problem sharing that something’s on sale and grabbing them and bringing them there.”
But while Lahr urged Christians to proclaim the Lord, he also invited non-Christians to turn to him.
“Salvation has already been purchased, there is no sale, it is free,” he said, continuing his Walmart analogy. “It’s ready for you, and all you’ve got to do is go up to counter, give them the ticket and say ‘Jesus is alive, and I declare it.’”
Photo Gallery, Story: Pastor urges Easter morning worshippers to celebrate — and share — good news of Christ
NEW CASTLE —
Get the gospel message out.
- TOP STORIES
Police arrest four in Union Township drug raid
Four people were arrested and drugs and a gun were confiscated Wednesday when police raided a house in Union Township. Union Township police, with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and New Castle police special response team and narcotics unit, served a sealed search warrant at 27 Spring St. just before 6:30 a.m.
Primary 2013: Clarification offered on local voting results
Rosemary Henderson won a Republican nomination for a four-year term on New Castle City Council in Tuesday’s primary.
Primary 2013: Former superintendent earns New Castle board nomination
Voters nominated four candidates for four-year terms in each of Lawrence County’s eight school districts yesterday. New Castle and Ellwood City had candidates running on one ballot only, but all others crossfiled, meaning they appeared on both Republican and Democratic ballots.
Primary 2013 Briefs: Voters stay home in droves
Less than one-fifth of Lawrence County’s eligible voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary. The Lawrence County Board of Elections reported that 9,291 — or 17.1 percent — of the 54,342 eligible voters turned out Tuesday.
Primary 2013: Former mayor wins city council nomination
New Castle City Council will have three new members next year as a result of Tuesday’s primary. Tim Fulkerson and Anthony J. Adamo won the two Democratic nominations for four-year terms.
Primary 2013: Township voters nominate supervisors, auditors, tax collectors
Voters selected their candidates for township offices in Lawrence County Tuesday. Voters in all 16 townships will elect one supervisor each to six-year terms.
Lawrence County Primary 2013
The New Castle News is covering the 2013 primary in Lawrence County with stories, photo galleries and video clips from local polling places.
Primary 2013: Six candidates seeking City Council nominations
Six Democratic candidates are seeking their party’s nominations for three seats in Tuesday’s primary. Voters will nominate two candidates on both Republican and Democratic ballots for four-year terms and one candidate for a two-year term.
New Castle Schools: District answers two state audit findings
New Castle school district administration answered two of the findings in a state auditor general’s preliminary report. The audit, which has not yet been finalized, covered the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. The preliminary report also contains an observation, which the district answered.
New Castle Schools: Finding pinpoints nonpaying out-of-district pupils
New Castle school board members are waiting for the final determinations of a state audit that contained three preliminary findings. Earlier this month the board publicly discussed those findings from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, and the district administration has responded to two of them to the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General.
- More TOP STORIES Headlines
- Police arrest four in Union Township drug raid