As I said last Sunday, Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a season! And, we’ll enjoy fifty days of Eastertide before our celebration of Pentecost on May 20. As we do, let’s remember Easter “is a movement. It’s love in action.
It’s what happens when we believe our God is not just a God of Love but Love itself! It’s what happens when we follow that God: Love our neighbors as ourselves. Love our enemies. Simply, Love one another!” (from this year’s Easter Sermon, adapted)
This week, as we honor the Fiftieth Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, I invite us to think about the many different ways “loving one another” might look. For MLK, the night before his death, it looked like supporting the strike of sanitation workers for a living wage. For us, it might mean supporting the right of working people to be paid a living wage, advocating for responsible gun laws, working for racial justice, or protesting the ravages of environmental destruction. It doesn’t matter which issue you choose. Just choose one and do something about it!
Two years ago, I went on a retreat led by a marvelous woman named Edwina Gately. This summer, I’m fortunate to go on retreat with her again. A few days before Easter, she sent the following poem to her email list, and I share it with you today. In the spirit of her words, may we never leave each other alone, and may we come out, regularly, to share with God and one another, life’s “fruit and grains and little pots of wine and milk.”
We Should Talk about This Problem
living in a hole you have dug.
So, at night,
set fruit and grains
and little pots of wine and milk
beside your soft earthen mound.
And I often sing.
But still, my dear,
you do not come out.
I have fallen in love with someone
who hides inside of you.
We should talk about this problem—
I will never leave you alone.
~ Edwina Gately
With love and blessing to you and yours,
St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 4/7—We need six volunteers to serve from 9 am-Noon at St. Paul’s Food Pantry, located at 4900 Connecticut Ave, www.stpaulslutherandc.org. Please email Jennifer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Conversation, How We Worship, 4/8—Dan Sack will lead us in the second of two discussions about the theology and experiences that shape how we worship. In this conversation, we’ll talk about the sacraments: baptism and communion. There are multiple understandings of both in the Christian tradition. What has been your experience? What do these rituals mean to you? Which ways of celebrating in our church and other churches have you liked or not?
Meditation Session, 4/10—Our final Spring Spiritual Practice session is online from 7 to 8:15 pm. Open to all! Watch for a Tuesday email with instructions. Questions? email@example.com.
Dinner and a Movie, Coco, 4/13—Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Coco (2017) introduces questions of family, memory, and death. Simple supper at 6:30, film at 7 pm. RSVP by 4/11: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPC Through the Decades: The 40s and 50s, 4/15—Join us for a worship service commemorating our 100th Anniversary. Come in period costume or bring personal artifacts from these decades, then browse the “museum table” during coffee hour.
Poetry Hour, 4/15—Join us from 4-5 pm in the parlor and bring one or two poems on a Free for All theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Bible Study, 4/22—This monthly group will meet after Coffee Hour in the parlor to discuss Genesis, chapters 3-5. All are welcome. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doing Justice in DC: How Communities of Faith Can Advocate for Marginalized Citizens, 4/22—We are cosponsoring this affordable housing forum featuring Attorney General Karl Racine with First Congregational UCC, 945 G St. NW. Program at First UCC begins at 12:30 pm. RSVP: email@example.com.