From the Pastor's Pen


A Message from Pastor David Williamson

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March:  Pastor's Message



         During the season of Lent, we will again have a candelabra with 7 purple candles at the front of the church.  Each Sunday, one of the candles will be extinguished.  On Good Friday (April 19), as we remember Jesus' crucifixion, we'll extinguish the final candle during a service anciently known at "Tenebrae" (Latin for "darkness").


       It's a visual reminder of what the Bible tells us: "Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light..." (John 3:19).


        Some 2,000 years later, a quick glance at a newspaper or the TV or the internet tells us that human beings still love darkness rather than light.  We embrace anger or fear or prejudice or convenience, or we let busyness or laziness run our lives.  We let the urgent get ahead of the important.  The result is the same - we let the light within us die.


        Back in 1929, the Rev. Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy wrote this poem, "Indifference," which was reprinted in a hymnal that was popular in many UCC congregations:


When Jesus came to Golgatha, they hanged Him on a tree,

They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;

They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep,

For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.


When Jesus came to [our town], they simply passed Him by.

They would not hurt a hair of Him, they only let Him die;

 For men had grown more tender, and they would not give Him pain,

They only just passed down the street, and left Him in the rain.


Still Jesus cried, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do,"

And still it rained the winter rain that drenched Him through and through;

The crowds went home and left the streets without a soul to see,

and Jesus crouched against a wall, and cried for Calvary.

          Use the season of Lent to seek out the Light of the World.  Get involved - come to church, and be sure to invite a friend or two to join you!



Yours in Christ, 

~~~Pastor David Williamson












































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