A message from Rev. Diane Christianson

Dear Friends,

Lent has begun! And so has our focus on how God loves us. Each Sunday during Lent will focus on a particular way in which God loves us. Appropriately then, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincided this year. As we received the sign of mortality, ashes, on our foreheads, we also heard the good news of God’s love. Knowing that we are loved will carry us through this season of preparation for Easter.

I hope to see you in worship on Sunday mornings and also during one of our Holy Week services. This year we will have two identical services – one at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, March 29, and the second at 12 noon on Good Friday, March 30. Both services will include Holy Communion and a Service of Darkness.

New this year is an intergenerational Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come to color Easter eggs, learn the art of Ukrainian egg dyeing and reflect on the meaning of Easter. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join in the excitement!

Interestingly, just as Ash Wednesday coincided with Valentine’s Day, Easter falls on the same day this year as another observance, namely, April Fool’s Day. I hope that when we get to the empty tomb, we don’t hear “April Fool!” At the time, some people did believe that the empty tomb was a trick that Jesus’ followers were playing on the world. But after two millennia of experience with the living Christ, we can say assuredly that “Love is Alive!” And so begins our emphasis for the Easter Season on the varying ways in which we experience the love of Christ.

Charles Wesley, co-founder of Methodism, wrote a hymn in 1740 that can be our prayer today:

    • Jesus, Thine all victorious love shed in my heart abroad;
  • then shall my feet no longer rove,
  • rooted and fixed in God.
  • Amen.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Diane M. Christianson

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