April 9, 2021

The Easter That Was (Is) 

On Easter Sunday, as I set up the sound system on the cold front portico of the sanctuary, I wasn’t sure how it was all going to go - inviting members of our church family to a sunrise service on such a chilly morning. BPC hadn’t had a sunrise service in a LONG time. And yet, at 7 AM, a whole bunch of hearty New Englanders came - bundled up against the cold - with folding chairs, and masks, and (most importantly) warm hearts and spirits. It had been nearly 13 months since so many folks from BPC were together in one place and the moment was so heartwarming and spirit-filling for me (which I needed, as a bald Southerner on a below-freezing morning). :)  
 
The promise of the Resurrection is not just for our bodies, but also for our spirits - not just last Sunday, but every day.  
 
Easter Day has come and gone, and yet, the season of Easter lasts for a full 50 days - 50 days to celebrate the gift of new life that Jesus offers through the power of the Holy Spirit. I hope and pray that this will be a blessed season as we see signs of new life all around us with spring springing, vaccines being administered, and life - hopefully - returning in so many wonderful ways. Easter is not just in the past - it is in the present and in the future, too. Easter IS because Christ is risen - yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
 
In your mailboxes at home, you’ll soon be receiving a letter from our Clerk of Session, Fran Bader, about a season of renewal that will be coming your way in 2022. We are applying for a grant that will help BPC and my own family to take a sabbatical next year. The Personnel Committee, Session, and I have been talking about this for well over six months and we are hopeful that the grant will provide a great opportunity for the church and for me. We’ll see where the Spirit leads. . .
 
Hoping that this finds you well. . .  Know that you are loved and missed and that I hope to see you soon.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
John 
 
Prepare for Worship
This Week:  “What We Have Heard, and Seen, and Touched”
  • Read John 20:19-31
  • Read 1 John 1:1-2:2 (Keep in mind that 1 John is a shorter letter that is located later on in the New Testament)
  • Read or sing Hymn # 233 - "The Day of Resurrection