Pastor’s Ponder – May 2021
As April fades and May blooms before us, I cannot help but think ahead - to summer! The weather is warm these days. Things are in bloom. The lectionary text for the first Sunday in May is Joh 15: 1-8. This is a beloved passage of John's gospel - "I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." I love to watch things grow and flourish (for example - gardens and children, not so much the mold in the bathroom!).
We are soon to be in the long "growing" season of the church. As your pastor, I am encouraged and excited! All around, I see signs of growth and fruit-bearing in our congregation! For one thing, attendance at worship is strong. It is extremely healthy for us to be together in worship. I also believe that "post Covid" we may see an increase of people interested in the church. There is something about a year plus of isolation and vulnerability that can bring people "home". Please keep your eyes open for new faces in worship. Our sense of welcome and belonging is a real strength of our Nativity family. Keep up the good work!
Secondly, I know I have mentioned the upcoming plans for "Summer Celebration", but I'd like to share just a bit of the rationale for the event. Summer Celebration is scheduled for four Wednesday nights in June (2, 9, 16 and 23). It is from 6 to 8ish. We will share a meal together, participate in a brief, large group bible study, then - its free time! There will be numerous activities going on around our church. Everything from games in the parking lot, music in the sanctuary, s'mores by the bonfire and more. This is for everyone!! That is all ages. Little kids, big kids, kids at heart! Singles, families, the community. This is simply an opportunity for us to be together. And that is the rationale! Nothing fancy or complicated. This is something new to try! I hope you will help us get the word out, volunteer to help and just plain join us!
The theme by the way is: My Heart is His Orchard! Growing God's Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5). We will discuss how we can grow "good fruit" in our hearts and our lives! As Jesus says in John 15 - "Abide in me as I abide in you!" May God bless you and keep you in good faith these final weeks of Easter and into the "growing" season ahead!
Your Sister in Christ,
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