From the Pastor's Pen


A Message from Pastor David Williamson

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March:  Pastor's Message

       During the season of Lent, you may have noticed that we have one of the brass candelabra standing at the front of the church.  Each Sunday, another candle is extinguished.  On Good Friday, as we remember Jesus' crucifixion, we'll extinguish the final candle as we remember that humankind put to death the Son of God for our sinfulness, not His.


        It's a visual reminder of what we heard at Christmas:  "The True Light that gives light to every [person] was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.  He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him" (John 1:9-11).  A little later, John adds, "Light has come into the world, but [people] loved darkenss instead of light" (John 3:19).


       Some 2,000 years later, we still seem to like the darkness rather than light.  We embrace anger or fear or prejudice or convenience rather than do the hard work of thinking and debating and finding common ground.  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 die.


       Back in 1929, the Rev. Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy wrote a poem called, "Indifference":


When Jesus came to Golgotha, 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 this month of Lent to seek the Light of the World.  Get involved - there are so many opportunities to serve people in need in and through our church.  And, of course, 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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