From The Backcountry

North Greenwich Congregational Church

April 6, 2018

Pastor’s Weekly Update

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“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43: 18-19

It’s said that youth prefers autumn because it offers the fruits of maturity whereas age prefers spring because of its promise of new possibilities.  As we venture into the landscape of Eastertide, we will find those quiet spaces that age opens up to us - secret gardens where life’s accomplishments are of less consequence that the miraculous spiral of life unfolding around us.   It’s time to open windows and allow the “sweet air” of acceptance and forgiveness to help us forget past injuries, fully appreciate the riches that life brings to us, and let go of the regret for all those things we have left undone.  

Sunday, April 8   Second Sunday of  Easter  10:30 a.m.

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 133;  John 20:19-31

Sermon:   “Room for Doubt”

Text:  “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”   John 20:19

Tease:  If it’s the Sunday after Easter, the focus of our worship will be the story of Doubting Thomas. Poor Thomas.  So misunderstood!  How quickly we forget that it’s always Thomas who stands so valiantly beside Jesus.  When everyone cautions Jesus not to visit his sick friend Lazarus for fear of being arrested … it is Thomas who says, “We must go and, if necessary, die with him!”  Thomas is forever criticized for wanting to see the resurrected Jesus, for himself. But, wouldn’t we do the same?  In fact, we may just discover that Thomas has a few things to teach us about finding the risen Christ in our own lives.

Lenten Mission Offering: 

Greenwich World Hunger Association

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Vemos Adelante

We dedicated our Mission Offering on Palm Sunday and I am overjoyed to report that we received $1,116.00 which has been sent to Greenwich World Hunger Association to support Proyecto Vemos Adelante in Guatemala. Many thanks to our members and friends who participated in this year’s campaign. We look forward to many more years of friendship with this wonderful organization which has been such a privilege for us to support.

See you Sunday,

Royal

Road Rules:  “When all the world appears to be in a tumult… the seasons retain their essential rhythms. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”  Madeleine M. Kunin