Springtime is a time when new life is springing up all around us as trees begin to bud, flowers begin to bloom, and birds come alive with “the sound of music”.
Over 2,000 years ago on a morning in Springtime, our Savior Jesus Christ rolled the stone away, and rose from the dead as the redeemer and Savior of mankind. Without the resurrection, we have nothing—but with it, we have everything.
But we can’t just jump ahead to that day of celebration. During this Lenten season, we have slowly watched the candles extinguished in the sanctuary. We began Lent with Ash Wednesday reminding us that we are dust and to dust—we will return. Lent is a time of self-reflection on our sinfulness. It can be an uncomfortable time for Christians as we don’t like to think of our sinfulness and shortcomings. We need to be reminded of our situation in order to really understand the joy that comes with Easter. Only when we experience and remember the situation can we experience the joy of the empty tomb.
To help prepare you for Easter, we have two opportunities this Lenten season. On Sunday March 18th, as a congregation, we will journey on the Road to Resurrection. We will be reminded of the joyful, triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We will also be reminded of Christ’s experience on the cross that paid the price for our sin and that the story doesn’t end there but that on the road to Emmaus the disciples walked and talked with him again. Following the journey, we will gather for a meal in the Auditorium. Please RSVP to the church office by March 11th to help us know how many people to prepare for. In addition, we are asking you to bring a dessert to share.
On Palm Sunday, March 25th, individuals or families can make a Resurrection Garden. Are you looking for a unique way to tell the story of Christ’s resurrection? In the auditorium, you will create a garden for you to take home that will remind you of the story of Holy Week. Remember the passion narrative as you create a garden that will bloom at home. This is a tradition from England where cathedrals will make a large garden just outside the sanctuary to tell the story. It’s a fun family project that can be done by one person or as a family. It is good for gardeners and for those who aren’t sure they have a green thumb.
The cost of the garden is $10. Please make your reservation with the church office by March 18th.
We live because He died. I pray that you will join us for one or both of these events to prepare for the Easter story.