The transition from March to April brings with it the hope of spring. It has always made perfect sense to me that it is during this seasonal change that we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. A season that is abounding with images of re-creation and new life is the perfect time to remember the resurrection of Jesus and the new life he offers to each of us. Holy Week is a special time in the life of the Church, carrying us from Palm Sunday to Easter morning.
We’ve all done it. Someone comes to us with something they are struggling with and instead of walking with them through the struggle we respond with a simple sentence all wrapped up and topped with a beautiful bow. “Ta-da” we say.
This year, the season of Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time for us to journey closely behind Jesus as he prepares to head to the cross and the resurrection. It is a time for us to focus on our spiritual selves, our true selves in Christ Jesus.
February is one of the hardest months for those who struggle with any level of seasonal depression. It is a little strange to me that the shortest month of the year is also one of the hardest. February is one of the hardest months for those who struggle with any level of seasonal depression. It is a little strange to me that the shortest month of the year is also one of the hardest.
Our goal with this blog is to give you an idea of the books that your pastors are reading. So even though the book we are going to highlight this month is not a new book to our bookshelf, it is one that we have dusted off and brought back out recently.
I very much enjoy being a pastor. It is an honor and a privilege to serve with you. However, the worst part of pastoring is knowing when to cancel church due to inclement weather. I say that only semi-sarcastically. I truly do not like discerning in the early hours of the morning with Pastor Audrey, Leadership Team Chair, and Property & Finance Chair whether or not the roads are bad enough to cancel.
As I have mentioned before one of my favorite Contemporary Christian singers is Steven Curtis Chapman. Just a few years ago he released a Christmas Album called “Joy” that has become one of my favorites. On this album is a song called “Christmas Card.”
November- a month of turkey and cranberries, a month of families gathering and unity events at church, a most wonderful time of the year. That is except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month. I write that sarcastically, but I have been fascinated by the amount of members mentioning to me how much they are not looking forward to election day and commenting that they wish it were just over.
As you know by now, Pastor Tim and I have named this, our third year of ministry with the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, a year to focus on hospitality. Hospitality stems from Christ’s greatest commandments to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. At the end of October, we will have a worship series on hospitality as we explore how we as a church can be more hospitable to not only the stranger who walks through our doors or through our parking lot, but to each other.
Hospitality is about relationships. Fred Bernhard explains in his book “Deep & Wide” that people stick around a church if they are making relationships with God and others. Relationship is key. So consider these stories.