PASTOR’S PEN
 

Rejoice in Hope

Here we are — time is moving on and I am feeling very ready to have things get back to normal. But it is not the right time yet. The President and Governors are arguing about who gets to say when the time is right. And the other question is — what will the new normal look like?
 
This time is definitely a test of faith and a very good time to have some spiritual practices to keep and sustain faith during this time. Prayer, meditation, scripture and devotional reading, music, walking, working in the garden are all practices that nurture and sustain faith in hard times. What works for you? Remember, it only works if you work it.
 
So I pick up my Bible this morning and read one of the assigned readings for this coming Sunday. It is from First Peter 1: 6 – 7 and reads:You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
 
Are we nurturing and sustaining a genuine faith that will hold up during this current trial? I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns. Feel free to send me an email. This Sunday’s message will be a reflection on this.
 
Easter Blessings to you,
 
Pastor Steve 


Tradition

Holy Week Service will be posted Thursday night for use Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Don’t miss this beautiful Tenbrae Service or Service of “Darkness” based on the 12th century service and is an extended meditation on the passion of Christ. 
 
Easter Sunday — posted at 10:30 AM
Scripture: Acts 10: 34 – 43
               Matthew 28: 1 – 10
Sermon: “He Is going ahead of you”
 
 
–from Steve
What is it about this time that has me craving my tradition? Old hymns and prayers that use words that I don’t use in every day speech or even in preaching. I think it is an anchor to the past. Singing hymns and saying prayers and reading scripture that my parents and grandparents and great grandparents read and prayed and sung. 
     My grandmother was in bed with the Spanish flu when she married my grandfather. They were not sure of the outcome but they wanted to face the future married. My grandmother was a devout Methodist and I still think of her often when I sing those old hymns. 
     So here we are in holy week during the corona virus. We can’t even meet in our house of worship to sing the songs and hear the stories and pray the prayers. But we can do something my grandmother could not do. We can meet for worship over the internet. This is the most important time of the year for Christians. I hope you will join the gathering from the safety of your home for Holy Week and Easter worship. 
 
Blessings my friends,
 
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin