About Philip E Jenks

Philip, a synodical deacon in the ELCA Metropolitan New York synod, is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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2 Responses to Easter

  1. anfearfaire says:

    It was over a half-century ago when Francis Clark Fry preached the Easter Sunday sermon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Byram. He filled in for an ailing Luther T. Freimuth. Yours truly, being an acolyte that service, had a front row seat. Rev. Fry recounted how just some three days earlier, Peter had vehemently denied Jesus, and the other apostles…John being the exception…ran for their lives during the trial and execution of Our Lord. He emphasized how, after seeing the resurrected Jesus, the Apostles boldly preached the Gospel the remainder of their lives, no longer fearing death for their association with this Jesus of Nazareth. Eventually, most of those Apostles were indeed martyred.
    Rev. Fry was indeed a powerful preacher. Rev. Freimuth on the other hand impacted me more with his humble, caring, nurturing nature. A true shepherd of the flock.
    The Lord has Risen.

    Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

    Thanks be to God that Rev. Freimuth encouraged me to question, search and seek.


    • anfearfaire says:

      FYI, I am surprised you failed to note that today, April 10th, the Monday after Easter is Śmigus-dyngus Day. It is widely held Roman Catholic celebration in Europe particularly Poland and is celebrated in many Polish communities in America.

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