To say that the members and friends of Plymouth Church have had their share of grief is an understatement. For the past 6-8 months we have lost some very dedicated and loving/loveable people; gone from our midst but never forgotten and never gone from our hearts. When I meet with families to make preparations for the funeral or memorial service of a loved one I always remind them that, in spite of their sadness and pain, the day we gather to celebrate the life of their loved is an Easter Service. For in every death of a faithful person there is the promise that the dawn of a new day is upon them and upon us.
And this faith gift was made possible through the life, death, and resurrection of the pioneer and perfector of our faith, Jesus Christ. In the coming weeks we will hear the familiar biblical texts that help us remember the telling tales of Christ’s final journey on earth before he went to prepare a place for us; whatever that may look like in our own minds and spirits.
On April 16th (Easter Sunday) we will hear the final sermon in my Lenten series; They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our… (blank) culminating with Love. Most Lenten sermon series end on “the night Jesus was betrayed” (the Maundy Thursday story following “the last supper”). However, I felt it was important to carry that theme through the dawn of Easter morn and to focus on the love that grounds us and carries us forward through all things; especially through the reality of mortal death; that “thing” that we have become all too familiar with in recent days and months. Am I right? I know I am.
I look forward to walking the final weeks and days of this holiest of holy seasons with each and every one of you and as always, consider it an honor to be your “shepherd” as we refer to this pastoral office I assume. And I can only say to keep the faith and never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you in sending us Christ the Redeemer; the Savior of the World. And as we walk through this world may this “Salutation to the Dawn” (a pre-Christian times writing) be part of our theme and creed for living out our days.
Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence;
the bliss of growth, the glory of action, and the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow only a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day! Such is the salutation of the dawn.
– Kalidasa (2500 BC Sanskrit)
And as always, I hope to see ya’ in church. Pastor Bob