We started out with snow today and now there is no sign of it in our back yard. This seems to be a very resurrection moment. We just celebrated the Triduum ( the three sacred days) which spans from Maundy Thursday Evening to Sunday Evening. For the first time in my ministry I had services in all those times in four different communities. We celebrated Passover with Jesus, we walked the stations, was there when he was crucified, awaited in vigil and celebrated his rising from the grave. There was a moment there when lights came on in people's minds of this meaningful walk we took this week. The purpose of our meeting was proclaimed in words of faith and action. Each Sunday is a memory of Easter every week. We are to refuel our energies to be proclaimers of the resurrection every week and co-partners with God in the world God has given us. Alleluia!!!!
Today we experienced a Good Friday experience at Ministerial Service in St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain. Let me describe it. We began with receiving a bulletin and a stone. Then a cross was processed to the front. We were encouraged to place our stones at the foot of the cross at various points in the service. The service was divided into parts: The Betrayals, The Committal and The Cherishing. The cross was eventually placed flat on the altar on top of two linen cloths. Around it were spiced elements placed. Then it was covered and left there following the service. Everything was laced with symbol and meaning. The hymns were truly reflective as we experienced emotion at the foot of the cross and the true meaning that Jesus has for each of our lives.
Spring seems to be in the air. The snow patches are shrinking and the leaves need raking. Discovering life in this area of the world is transforming. I've started a program of exercise with a trainer at the Shamrock Centre. We meet twice a week and are trying all sorts of exercise routines. It is a process of pain and gain, eh. I believe that is how we are to live our Christian life. We try this practice and we try that practice. We discover what works for us and then we proceed. We are the better for it and life gains more meaning. People sometimes think that attending church is a waste of time. Yet we all need companionship and need a network of support. The love of God reaches out to the world around us through God's partners, that's US. Seeking to be the best we can be is the quest of the creation of the Creator. God is NOT a God of "Don'ts" but a God of "Dos". A community of faith is meant to be always invitational and therefore welcoming to everyone. The invitation begins with each of us inviting those around us to enter our joint fellowship. Jesus Christ wants our world to be a better place and that begins with each one of us welcoming the others in our midst with open arms.