On the very first Easter morning, the two women who were the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection sprinted from his empty tomb into the early dawn bewildered and full of “great joy” (Mat. 28.8).  I felt bewildered and overjoyed this Easter, too.  Just six years ago, Liberti barely filled a living room.  And now, in God’s strange grace, our church community is a flourishing multi-site church community connected to 800-900 people throughout Philadelphia’s Center City and Main Line neighborhoods.

I was overjoyed on Easter at the thousands of dollars given and hundreds of people who volunteered to give 3,000 meals to impoverished families earlier that weekend with the Easter Outreach project (insert hyperlink).  I was overjoyed at the palpable sense of celebration in the room at our services, and the record attendance for worship at both our campuses.  But mostly, I’m overjoyed at all the lives that the risen Jesus is transforming with his grace at Liberti.  This is the essence of what the For the City initiative is all about: putting down roots in the city of Philadelphia to extend the grace of Jesus to friends and neighbors near and far for the long-term.

On Easter, we shared Caroline’s story- she’s one change life among so, so many at Liberti.  Check it out…