Dear members and friends of Bethlehem,
We stand, at this moment, between Lent and Easter and I am not finding it a comfortable place this year. We have had two recent funerals in the congregation that have taken our hearts. I have had several very personal losses as well. A friend of mine in a recent medical crisis commented, “I have missed all of Lent, I haven’t been to a single Lenten service.” My response to her was, “I don’t think you have missed Lent at all. You are living it.” Sometimes it is like that.   Sometimes the world overwhelms. The bad news comes too quickly, the good news too slowly, the weight of it, too much. We hear the echo of “remember that you are dust” and we can feel the truth of it. The truth of the wilderness.
Yet, Easter is coming. It always does. Grace is relentless. The love of God finds its way into every moment, every hardship, every joy. Last Sunday the closing hymn was “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”, and as we sang it together, I felt the moment of grace. Easter is coming. I can see it on the horizon, I can feel it in all of you. “Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing. It finds an echo in my soul, how can I keep from singing. No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing.” Regardless the day, the promise of Easter is coming and is already here. God’s voice finds echo in our hearts. How can we keep from singing. Hope is present in this day. How can our hope be diminished. Christ is risen, and so shall we be.
Please join us this Easter season. We look forward to welcoming you. Maundy Thursday we have an opportunity for foot washing and a reminder of the blessing of community. Good Friday, we are creating prayer stations to allow opportunity for meditation within the service. The Vigil will be a celebration of joy, and Easter Sunday a service of resurrection.
Easter is coming. May it find you, on this and every day.
Easter Blessings to you all,
Pastor Laura