Richmond Congregational Church
Rev. Katelyn Macrae, Pastor • 20 Church St. • P.O. Box 302 • Richmond VT, 05477
(802) 434-2053 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Facebook: www.facebook.com/rccucc
Sunday Worship September-June: 10:00 AM with
Sunday School and Nursery care
Church office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Open and Affirming • All are Welcome
|April 2015 Reflections|
Reflections From the Pastor
Dear Friends in Christ,
The snow is melting, the creeks are rising, and the frost heaves and potholes are getting bigger. Mud Season has arrived. The slightly warmer temperatures also signal a change in our religious seasons. After the long journey through Lent, I am ready for Resurrection. I am ready to celebrate with you and proclaim the amazing power of God who said the cross was not the end of the story, but only the beginning!
April begins with the religious drama of Holy Week, where we will go to the depths and heights of our Christian story. Holy Week starts with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (March 29). As we draw towards the end of Holy Week, we will recall the last days of Jesus’ life with worship services on Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3) at 7:00 PM. During this time we wait, watch and pray until Easter morning when we will proclaim that the stone has been rolled away and Jesus is Risen! We will celebrate Easter (April 5) with two worship services - 7:00 AM Sunrise Service at Volunteer’s Green, and 10:00 AM Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary.
As our Lenten journeys lead us to Easter, I invite you to let the beauty and the mystery of this change of seasons wash over you. Where do you find truth in the resurrection story? What about this notion of new life speaks to you?
My favorite Eastertide story is the Road to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke. After his resurrection, Jesus appears to the disciples and walks with them all day. As soon as they recognize Jesus for who he is, he disappears (Luke 24:31). I wonder how many times we miss experiencing moments of closeness with God, and little moments of new life springing forth, because we are not attuned to it. Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, "Earth’s crammed with heaven; and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries." In this new season of Easter, let us (metaphorically) take off our shoes and draw our attention to the many signs of God’s presence all around.
With Easter Joy,