Gratitude for Easter Blessings

Gratitude for Easter Blessings

Dear HLPC family,

Once again, the Lord blessed us with a wonderful Easter!  I was a bit anxious about the weather and what it would do to the egg hunt, but God was gracious!  Once again, the decorations and flowers were beautiful, the Easter brunch was delicious, and the music provided by our gifted musicians was outstanding!  I was also encouraged to see so many guests and even some folks who’ve not been able to attend of late!  Let me thank all of you and, more importantly, thank the Lord, for His grace and blessing.

Easter was also a hard day for many in our congregation.  Some were unable to attend due to illness.  Others of us are facing trials of a wide variety.  In some ways it served to make the hope of Easter more powerful.  Jesus’ resurrection is proof that all the promises He makes are true.  Promises we turn to during hardship.

As I mentioned Sunday morning, in reality, every Lord’s Day is an Easter celebration.  We gather on that day because Jesus rose on the first day of the week.  Whereas before the resurrection, the Lord’s Day was the last day of the week as we looked forward. Now that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is accomplished, we, in a sense, look backward all week.

I look forward to seeing you again this Lord’s Day!  He is risen!

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).