Messages and Messengers

Dear Friends,
 
We are still in the season of Easter, so I greet you with an Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed!
 
Jesus always seems to be breaking into disciples’ conversations during the Easter season scriptures. He seems to know just when to appear and encourage his followers along their walk of faith. On the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24), in the locked room of a house (John 20), Jesus offers peace and sends them out into the world in his name. How have you experienced Jesus this past month? How have you shared the Easter story?
 
As we step into May, each Sunday will prepare us for our own faith journey. On May 2nd, we will return to the theme of the PC(USA) Great Ends of the Church. Do you remember those from winter?
 
1. The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
2. The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
3. The maintenance of divine worship;
4. The preservation of the truth;
 
There are just two Great Ends left. We will pick up the 5th Great End, The Promotion of Social Righteousness, on May 2nd. On May 9th we will focus on #6: The Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World. May 9th will also be Confirmation Sunday, so the topic seems especially appropriate. We hope you will join us for outdoor worship on the 9th, as our youth make a commitment to follow Jesus and share God’s love. May 16th is Youth Sunday, and we plan for that service to be outdoors, as well. Worshiping outdoors makes it possible for everyone to attend these extra-special services. In the case of inclement weather, however, worship will be held indoors with limited capacity, so go ahead and make a reservation to be on the safe side.
 
Looking ahead to May 23rd, we will celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ disciples as tongues of fire and emboldened them to proclaim the gospel to the people gathered. This is often known as the Birthday of the Christian Church. We finish the month with Trinity Sunday, on May 30th, when we remember the mystery of our Three-in-One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three of our members will help in the worship leadership this day by sharing a part of their faith story. The 30th is also Memorial Day Weekend.
 
As you can see, the month is filled with messages and messengers to strengthen our faith and help us deepen our commitment to Christ. I hope this will be your experience.
 
Deep peace of Christ to you,
Pastor Nancy
 

Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor