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East Harwich, MA 02645
I have just returned from our nation’s capital and the opportunity to see what a couple of decades of change means there. I attended church at the National UMC where the Sr. pastor is familiar with the New England United Methodist Conference having served here in the past! At the traditional service there was a wonderful choir and organ/organist! But in January, only a few more people than we see on a regular Sunday morning! Of course there were 2 other services in very different styles of worship… While I appreciated the traditional worship, many people are drawn to the less formal options that are also available and the live streaming of these other services show we are indeed a diverse church, proclaiming an inclusive invitation to people of all persuasions.
Beginning in 2012, I had the opportunity to accompany Al LePage on the organ as he took on the role of Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Traveling Thespian, and did a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol in the style of Charles Dickens.
Gratitude is the attitude of the season and as the year has whizzed by I often forget what has been overcome by God’s grace and a committed community of God’s people. We have so much to be grateful for …
The month of October has at least 2 well known dates, “Columbus day” and Halloween! And like recent Covid history they both feature Masks….
Last Sunday was Pentecost, the day the Church was born and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry the message of Jesus’ teachings forward. The longest season of the church is devoted to the Church’s witness of Christ. This season lasts From May 28th to December 3rd, in 2023, and, when I was growing up it was called Kingdomtide. Today this season is called “Ordinary” time. For 33 -34 weeks the Church celebrates what is sometimes called “Weeks after Pentecost”.
Holy Week Greetings as April arrives after a [shhhhh] mild winter. For Jesus, the pomp of Palm Sunday and the final opportunities to teach and lead by example, unfold before us. Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and sharing the Passover with them as a memorial meal are often celebrated as services during Holy Week.
Lent begins February 22nd with the observance of Ash Wednesday. Our Lenten theme this year will be ”Looking for Love.” We spend a good deal of our lives Looking for Love, which, of course, means various things to each of us. Our faith tells us that God is Love and that in Christ Jesus “Love looks for Us.” Ultimately Easter tells us that “Love Wins.”
December is upon us – the season of lights! Starlight and candlelights. The dawn of the Son of God is remembered with joy by all creation.
November is my favorite month! For years it was all about partying. My birthday is in November; Thanksgiving is in November. Then my grandchild decided to be born in November! Upstaging me and Thanksgiving by a week… more reasons to party.
The fall is upon us and October will call us to don sweaters and contemplate evening fireside chats. The earlier nightfall will encourage most of us to put on our slippers and give up forays abroad in the dark. It is hard to imagine what life was like for Jesus in a world without electricity and running water. A light in the darkness was truly appreciated and the proximity to a fire was a blessing.