Pastor’s Ponderings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2011

 

       “The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,  not a stone in a story, but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow  grinding of time will eclipse for each of us  the wide light of day. 

         And if we will have an angel at the tomb,  make it a real angel,  weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,  opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen spun on a definite loom.” 

 John Updike in Seven Stanzas of Easter

In these last weeks of Lent we approach the cross of Good Friday and the glory of Easter morning.  The angel points the way.  Lent has been a journey inward and now we begin to ready ourselves for the journey outward, the journey into joy.   

God promises to be with us on both the journey inward and the journey outward.  The journey inward is what we are doing during Lent as we meet in Cottage Meetings to discern the future of Church on the Hill.  The journey inward requires vulnerability and courage to be open to what God is intending for us as we move into the unknown. 

We are journeying outward as we identify our best practices and notice the best practices of other congregations.  We are recognizing our assets which are the members and friends of the congregation as well as our beautiful buildings to share with the community.  We are exploring partnerships with other congregations.  There is a joy in the exploration. 

Easter is a time of joy, the joy of resurrection and new life, the promise of God’s unconditional and eternal love.  What God has done for us, God will do again and again.  Each year is a little different.  Each year holds new possibilities.

I invite you to come to the services during Holy Week at Church on the Hill.  On Maundy Thursday we gather around the Communion table for the Last Supper and listen to the moving Biblical passages at the Tenebrae service.  On Good Friday we will process with the cross from Church on the Hill through Lenox to Trinity Church.  On Easter we will remember the glory of Jesus’ resurrection.  Come and join us on the journey. 

                                                             Natalie

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