REV. Zachery Sarrault, Associate PASTOR
Pastor’s Corner for October 24-30, 2021
Make a Joyful Noise!
When I was a kid, I always looked up to my grandpa. I still do in a lot of ways. He taught me to fish and hunt, during the basketball season we talk almost weekly as we pull for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, but most of all he is an incredible man of faith. Throughout my life I have always seen him as a man of God, which might be why I was so surprised one Sunday when I listened to him sing. As a kid, grandpa towered over me and as I looked up at him during one of the songs at church, I was curious. His singing was terrible! If he loved God so much, why was his singing so bad?? As a kid it just didn’t make sense! Maybe grandpa shouldn’t sing at all if it sounded like that, I thought.
When we got home from church that afternoon, I told mom what I thought about grandpa’s singing. She just laughed, acknowledging that grandpa wasn’t the greatest singer, but she pointed me to something the Bible says about singing. “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” (Ps. 95:1). The Bible doesn’t tell us to sing beautifully, it simply says to make a joyful noise and that’s what grandpa did. It might not have been pretty, it sure was noise, but it was certainly joyful!
Every Sunday, we have this opportunity to make a joyful noise to our Lord! God doesn’t care if we can sing like Sinatra or if we sound like a fork stuck in a garbage disposal, He simply wants to hear our voice sing praises to Him! And that is our desire too! As part of the family of God here at Resurrection, it warms my heart and strengthens my faith to hear the people of God within our congregation sing praise to our Lord!
This Sunday, we have that same opportunity once again, to gather as the people of God and give glory to Him. At the 11:00 service, we have a special opportunity as we are joined by a few different worship groups at Resurrection. Exodus and Harmonia Deum (our 6th-12th grade musicians), as well as students from Resurrection Lutheran School, will be all be joining us to lead our joyful noise to our Lord! Don’t worry they will all sound much better than grandpa!
But our joyful noise doesn’t stop on Sunday. Throughout our week, we sing praises to God, whether it be literally singing songs of praise, or through the different ways that we serve and love those that God puts in our way. In all that we do we sing with a joyful noise to our risen Lord!
So, sing loud and sing proud church! Because it is all a joyful noise to our Lord!
Your brother in Christ,
Ordination and Installation of Pastor Zachery Sarrault (July 18, 2021):
Sunday was a great day at RLC! We celebrated the Ordination and Installation of our new Associate Pastor Zachery Sarrault. It was a beautiful service with a heartfelt sermon by his father, Pastor Joel Sarrault. Congratulations and welcome, Pastor Zach! Thank you to all who participated in this special day.
Pastor Sarrault Ordination and Installation
From Pastor Zach (July 16, 2021):
Hey Resurrection Family!
Kelsey and I are finally here! We have finished up at St. Louis, seen family in Michigan, and moved into our new home. After all of that traveling and living out of suitcases, we couldn’t be happier to finally be back to something comfortable. Comfort is always something nice to hold on to. All of us have something that makes us comfortable, whether it be a family member or friend, a good book or fishing pole, a quilting machine or a wood shed, we all have our go-to comfort places. This is part of being human! We love comfort!
The thing with comfort is that sometimes we get too comfortable. We can settle in and tell ourselves that we never wish to see any change. “Life would be perfect if I could just stay in my recliner with Tom Sawyer all day.” Or whatever your comfort may be. Sadly, we know that this isn’t how life works. No matter how much we enjoy our comforts, ‘real life’ happens and it disrupts those little joys. But, is it ‘real life’ or is it God, calling us into His mission to do more than just the comfortable?
Jesus never led a life of comfort. From the manger to the cross and even the empty tomb, Jesus’ life was one of challenge and the uncomfortable. When one of the scribes declared that he would follow Jesus, all Jesus had to say was, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). Kind of an odd response, one that rightly scared away the scribe. Probably would have scared me too!
So, what does this mean for us? Are we supposed to throw away all of our earthly comforts and live lives of asceticism? Not at all! But we are called to know where these comforts come from and who our ultimate comfort is. In all things, comfort or challenge, our Lord and Savior stands before us, behind us, and beside us. As Jesus prepared His disciples for life after His death and resurrection, Jesus told His followers, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
There is our ultimate comfort! Not in our little hide-a-ways or indulgences, but in the One who has overcome all sin and who has promised us peace. Our comfort is in the faith that we have through Christ’s death and resurrection. Our comfort is in the kingdom of God that has already been given to us! That is a comfort that is never changing and never ending. No matter what God has in store the Sarraults in North Carolina, we know that the comfort of our Lord will always prevail!
In the comfortable and the uncomfortable, but always in Christ,
Pastor Zach Sarrault
From Pastor Jonathan (July 15, 2021):
There's a new face at Resurrection! Seminarian Zach Sarrault and wife Kelsey made it down to Cary last Monday, and soon-to-be "Pastor Zach" is already taking part in leadership team activities here at RLC. He will serve as Associate Pastor at Resurrection... meaning he will be working full-time in all aspects of ministry: preaching and teaching, visiting the homebound, discipling others, showing up at youth events, leading school and preschool chapel services, making friends in his neighborhood, evangelizing... and doing it all as one who is privileged to be an Under-Shepherd of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We are very blessed to have him and Kelsey in our midst!
Though the Sarraults hail from Michigan they know a little bit about our area already since Zach served as Vicar at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest from 2019 to 2020. At church you can find Pastor Zach in the Associate Pastor's office, next door to the main office on the left side. I look forward to working with Pastor Zach and seeing him welcomed as warmly by all of you as Juli and I were not so long ago! May God bless and further your ministry among us, Pastor!