I must be having fun, because time is flying by! Easter is upon us, even though this year it falls nearly as late as it ever has (the latest it can fall is April 25). As we have spent the last few weeks (and the next few before Easter) cultivating and letting go, I am thankful for all that God has been doing in my life and in the life of our congregation. Personally, I have been working hard to let go of the ‘shoulds’ in my life – which is very freeing. I never realized how much I was governed -and restricted – by that word and its impositions. I have felt more able to engage with others and to share the love of God without the pressure of ‘should’ around my neck. Additionally, I have been cultivating a better awareness of my interior health – especially my mental and spiritual processes. There have been several days over the past month where God has urged me to simply sit and be present, with God and with others, and because I was paying attention I was able to heed that call and to receive blessings. I hope that you too have experienced some results from things you have either let go or cultivated this Lenten season. I’d love to hear about your experience!
As we approach Easter, I hope that you will seek to be present with us in worship on April 14 (Palm Sunday) when we will celebrate the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem by waving palms, and then continue on the journey with a special dramatic reading of the Last Supper and the crucifixion. This service will better prepare our hearts and minds for the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday as we journey through the darkness of pain and suffering together. Additionally, I hope that you will attend the Maundy Thursday service on April 18, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall, as we recreate the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified.
I look forward to our continued journey together!