From the Pastor’s Pen

Dear Members and Friends:

Soon we will be shouting: “Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”  We will begin our fifty days of rejoicing – the Easter Season.  Yes, we still have a couple weeks of Lent, including Holy Week, to journey through before we meet at the empty tomb.  So, once again I invite you to participate in the services of Holy Week.  There will be Holy Communion and Healing Prayers with Anointing on Wednesday in Holy Week – 12 Noon and 7:30 pm. Please see the front cover for a complete listing of all opportunities to worship.

Here at St. Paul’s, we have much for which to rejoice.  You all share God’s love in so many important ways.  I know the Holy Spirit is working in you.  The number and variety of ministries is astounding and they enrich many people in the congregation and community, and around the world.  You can feel good about the ways you proclaim the Gospel, the new life you bring to people.  I am proud to be associated with you.  Thank you to everyone for your offerings of time, talent, and treasure.  You have blessed me more than you know.

An Easter poem for you:

Easter Day by Christina Rosetti

Words cannot utter
Christ His returning:
Mankind, keep jubilee,
Strip off your mourning,
Crown you with garlands,
Set your lamps burning.

Speech is left speechless;
Set you to singing,
Fling your hearts open wide,
Set your bells ringing:
Christ the Chief Reaper
Comes, His sheaf bringing.

Earth wakes her song-birds,
Puts on her flowers,
Leads out her lambkins,
Builds up her bowers:
This is man’s spousal day,
Christ’s day and ours.

Let us rejoice this Easter!  May God bless you and give you peace.

Your partner in the Gospel, Pastor Elaine

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