REV. Zachery Sarrault, Associate PASTOR
Pastor’s Corner for February 25-March 2, 2024
Lent is one of the most counter-cultural things the church does. For an entire 40-days, we focus on suffering and weakness. We take a closer look at ourselves, continually repenting of all we’ve done wrong. On top of that, we journey towards a cross, what we know as the greatest act of sacrificial love creation has ever known, but to an unknowing or unbelieving person, the cross can be offensive, abusive, confusing, ugly, etc. yet it is what we celebrate, even boast in (Galatians 6:14). To top it off, during Lent, we give things up or take things on to make our lives more difficult, to make ourselves weak.
This is not the way the world works. Why would anyone want to do something to be purposely weak, purposely suffer? Paul calls us to “rejoice in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3), rejoice in the hardships you may face for the sake of the Gospel, rejoice in the endurance of running a hard race, rejoice in the gift of repentance given from God, rejoice in the promise given that you could not earn. That is where our rejoicing in suffering leads. When we rejoice in our suffering, we are acknowledging our own weaknesses, our inabilities, our sins. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t rejoice in our sin, rather we rejoice in the fact that we have a God who knows our weaknesses, our sins, and is strong enough to take them on Himself and give us His forgiveness, His strength, to endure this life so we may “rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2).
This is what that call to suffer, that call to be weak, is all about. “For when I am weak, then I am strong,” Paul says (2 Corinthians 12:10). During the season of Lent, we reflect on the people that God has come to save. He comes for those who know their need, who know their sufferings, and are pointed to the One who can forgive and make alive. Jesus didn’t come for the strong, the healthy, the godly, or the sinner. Jesus came for the weak (2 Corinthians 12:9), the sick (Mark 2:17), the ungodly (Romans 5:6), and the sinner (Romans 5:8) in order that He may be the one who makes us strong, healthy, godly, and forgiven.
So yes, we do rejoice in our suffering, we rejoice in our weakness for there God makes us strong by His grace. And may it not be a simple Lent thing, but a rejoicing that lasts until the hope of God is fulfilled (Romans 5:2). May the Holy Spirit, who pours God’s love into your hearts (Romans 5:5), guide you to rejoice both in your sufferings and in the hope that is won for you.
Your, suffering, 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!