This Sunday at Park Street will be honoring our 2015 graduates during the 11am worship service. I hope everyone will be able to come and share in the joy of this special day as we worship together.
Park Street UMC is excited to welcome Ms. Emily Robbian who will be joining us this summer as a part of the Explore Summer Ministry Internship Program.
Emily is from High Point, NC where she is a member and attends Wesley Memorial UMC. She currently attends Pfeiffer University where she is a Religion and Practical Theology major with a concentration in Christian Education. Her ongoing plans include a possible look at youth and children’s ministry. As part of her endeavors at Pfeiffer, she is a part of a group called CEF (Christians Engaged in Faith Formation) where her and other members travel to other churches to perform worship services that they themselves plan and lead. Emily is also a Resident Assistant and volunteers her time as the At Risk Youth Coordinator for the Francis Center for Servant Leadership. In this role she has lead the center’s Angel Tree program, as well as helped with after school and tutoring programs. Emily hopes to use this summer to help discern God’s call upon her life.
Please join me in welcoming Emily this summer.
Between the tragedy of Friday and the triumph of Sunday comes the silence of Saturday. For centuries different traditions have treated this day differently. Yet there is one thing that they all agree on and that is the silence of this day, the silence of death.
Just because Friday is over doesn’t mean that we can move on to Sunday just yet. No, we have one more day to wait. Let us wait, in silence, in anticipation.
Trust me, it will be worth it.
In the last weeks of his life Jesus takes a turn in his ministry, a turn towards Jerusalem. As those who live on this side of history we understand what this turn will ultimately mean. In just a few short days we will celebrate the last leg of this journey with Palm Sunday, as we are reminded of his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
It can be very tempting for us as Christians tojump from this triumph on Palm Sunday to the triumph on Easter Morning, to skip the hard stuff in between, but I caution against that. You see there can be no resurrection without first death.
So as we prepare ourselves for the coming week let us not be tempted to skip from one triumph to another. Instead let our hearts experience all the emotions that this season brings along with it. For it is only then that we can see the full depth and breadth of God’s love for us.