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Pastor Pondering April 3

April 3, 2018

Easter Sunday was pretty amazing at Calvary United Methodist Church. The flowers made a garden scene, the music lifted hearts and spirits to heavenly places, the scriptures reminded us of God’s victory over death and we shared together at the Lord’s Table. It was great to see so many gathered together, extended family from far away, friends and the curious as well as those we see in worship every Sunday. We were given a glimpse of what God has promised to all who believe, that is, abundant life with one another and with God.

 The challenge is always what comes next. We have to find ways to continue to live out this in the days that follow. Fortunately, we can work this out together. The church is the community that keeps this memory of Easter alive and before us as we face the everyday matters that come along.

 Ann Weems was a writer and poet who shaped the worship life of many congregations across this country during the last fifty plus years She passed away on March 17 this year at the age of 81. While preparing for Easter this year, I came across a copy of Weems book, kneeling in Jerusalem, that was given to me by Jesse and Irma Myers twenty-five years ago.

 She writes,

            The Lamb has been slain,

                and the sheep scattered.

            Now is the time for kneeling,

                the time for believers

              to kneel and call upon his name

                 to kneel

                        and to rise again:

         the community of the resurrection.

 Together we are the community of resurrection every Sunday and in the days in between.

 Pastor Steve

Pastor's Pondering March 29, 208

Pastor Pondering
This is the time we call Holy Week. It is holy in that is a week that is filled with God’s movement. Jesus recognized that his hour had come. Jesus says in the Gospel of John, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:3). His love would be shown in his willingness to suffer and be rejected, to go through a time of his own personal doubt and abandonment, and making his journey to his shameful death on a cross. It was a scandalous end, to be put to death as a common criminal and an enemy of the Roman state. But Jesus showed that he would hold nothing back. He was faithful to the end.

Come join us as we journey with Jesus through the sharing of his last meal with his followers (Holy Thursday) and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion that we come to call “Good Friday”.

Two distinct worship services at 7 PM Thursday and Friday. Then we will see what Easter morning holds for each of us. Spoiler alert: it's more than Easter eggs and lilies!

See you in church,

Pastor Steve

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