“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
–Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)
What a wonderful Easter we had! Between the New England Brass, the Sabbath Bells and Chancel Choir, the beautiful decorations, a congregation of 350 people and a glorious spring day, we could hardly have had a better celebration. My grateful thanks to all who worked so hard to make our second Easter Sunday together such a special day.
With all the effort that goes in to making Easter the celebration it is, I’m always a bit stunned in the following week at how fast it has gone by. With hardly a pause, we are on to a whole collection of upcoming projects and events. I am looking forward to a week away, of course, and thanks in advance to Barbara Papagian for leading worship in my absence. Upon returning, we’ll be rushing right in to our 3rd Prayer and Healing service on April 30th, a service on May 7th led by Andy Lang, the Executive Director of the UCC ONA Coalition, Mother’s Day on the 14th, a celebration of our Confirmands on the 21st, and the Dedication of our Memory Garden on the 28th. And then comes June, with Children’s Sunday on the 4th, Music Sunday on the 11th, and on the 18th, which is Father’s Day, I will be baptizing my Grandson Caleb. Whew! Never a dull moment as we go about the business of fulfilling “the Great Commission.” (see the above scripture reading)
I do have one request. As some of you know, I am now a member of the Board of the Pastoral Counseling Service. We have an upcoming event on Tuesday, May 2nd called The Art of Healing. It promises to be a delightful evening and I would love to have your company. If you are available and would like to go with me, please let me know. The details are these:
Manchester, N.H. PCS, an independent, non-profit counseling and consulting center serving New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts in collaboration with the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is hosting the fourth annual “Art of Healing” exhibit. The event is open and free to the public and will be held on Tuesday, May 2 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at PCS, 2013 Elm Street in Manchester, N.H. The exhibit will feature work from NHIA students, alumni and faculty. “Psychotherapists use art as a method to heal emotional injuries,” said Dr. David Reynolds, PCS Executive Director. “Using art as a contributing method of care can increase understanding of oneself, develop a capacity of self-reflection, reduce symptoms and alter behavior and thinking patterns. We encourage the public to join us for this free art exhibit. This is also a nice time to meet PCS staff and walk through our beautiful historic building in the north end of Manchester.”
Finally, if you’re wondering about the picture, this is a sign I came across at the Purple Finch in Bedford, in the men’s room. You just never know where inspiration will come to you.
Yours in Grace,