REV. Zachery Sarrault, Associate PASTOR
From the Pastor, May 2022
Christ is risen!
Wouldn’t it be great if every Sunday was Easter Sunday? All the songs, the flowers, the suits and dress, the Bible stories filled with surprise and hope, the pews filled, and the good food waiting at home after the service! Doesn’t that sound perfect? But are we sure every Sunday isn’t an Easter Sunday? In fact, every Sunday we do celebrate our risen Savior! We may not celebrate the same way every Sunday, but every time we walk into the sanctuary our Lord is alive and the grave is empty and that means that we too are living, forgiven people of God!
Easter never stops and that means that every day of our lives is another Easter Sunday as well. It doesn’t matter what day of the week, Monday-Friday is a little Easter celebration, because Jesus’ resurrection doesn’t just change the way we worship, it changes the way we live. We are the resurrected people of God. Our whole identity has changed because of the resurrection of Jesus.
There are certain things in our lives that change the way we live. Sometimes it’s a new pet, a new house, a new baby (or all three in one 12-month span…), a new hobby, a new car, a new whatever can change the way we live in ways that we never imagined. All of a sudden you find yourself completely immersed in the newness of that activity, possession, or family member. Whether you were ready for it or not, that new “thing” will find its way into every part of your life, even changing something as simple as your bedtime routine or commute to work. All of a sudden, it isn’t just the “thing” that is new, you find that your whole life is now new!
That’s what the resurrection does for our lives! The resurrection never gets old, it’s always new! It can’t get old because the dead are not supposed to come back to life, it is so unexpected, so marvelous, so extraordinary that it is new every day of our lives. If such great news is always new, then it will certainly change the way we live. It can change everything from the way we interact with our family to even the mundane actions like our bedtime routine or commute to work. All of it is oriented around the resurrection of our Lord.
The church is the place where God helps us practice this new resurrection life. The reading of His Word, confessing sins and receiving forgiveness, and even the sharing of the peace are examples for what we are to do every day of our lives. There are even a variety of service opportunities that are always needed in worship that help us live out the new resurrection life. We can sing the new resurrection song through being an usher, greeter, or lector, helping set up chairs in the Family Life Center, or setting up communion with the altar care team. If Sunday morning service isn’t where God is calling you to sing, we have OperationInAsMuch on May 7 with a whole variety of areas of service. Vacation Bible School (June 13-17) is another great place to sing the new song of the resurrection.
No matter where God is calling you to sing the new song of the resurrection, we find our hope in the resurrection of Jesus that is now our resurrection. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Zach Sarrault
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!