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April 2021


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After 12 months of shutdowns, quarantines, masks, social distancing and all the losses of life and time we have been experiencing in our life and in our churches, we have arrived at April, 2021.  The month began with the Easter Celebration and the appearance of Spring.  Suddenly, our spiritual life comes to life, as nature comes out of its winter dormancy with trees budding, flowers pushing up out of the soil, streams running with fresh water and birds building nests, awaiting the arrival of new births.  Can you sense it or feel it in the air?  It brings new hope and new beginnings.


Our churches are cautiously re-opening for in-person worship - and in-person ministry programs will follow.  The mission of each congregation continues to be a strong and vital part of our lives.  Likewise, PLUM is experiencing the newness of Easter’s life as we enter the Call Process, in search of an additional fulltime called pastor - and yet another congregation has inquired about membership in our association.


But, I don’t want to neglect the spiritual renewal that is a fundamental aspect of Easter and the Easter Season.  Put away those Lenten garments and put on the festal garments fit for a wedding banquet.  Easter is the grand wedding banquet of our Resurrected Lord.  In John’s Revelation (19.9), we read: “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”  That’s us!


Celebrate life as you watch the signs of life springing up in gardens and parks around you.  Celebrate life as you watch the signs of life springing up in the lives of your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Celebrate as you find yourself declaring with the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus: “they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”  Every time we break the bread of communion, whether in person or on Zoom, the Living Lord is with us.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Adorn your home with colored ribbons (and perhaps balloons).  Rush to your telephones and call someone you know.  Tell them the good news: Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Maybe they have already heard and already believe - but perhaps not.  Don’t let them go uninformed!!!


If I sound like I have excitement in my voice, you would be right.  We’ve had enough bad news.  We have experienced enough loss.  We have lived with tension, under a cloud, long enough.  Come out into the brilliance of the light emanating from the empty tomb.  Breathe the fresh air of deliverance and new life.  See and believe that, in spite of the negative aspects of life that persist around us, the Resurrection of Our Lord is stronger and surer than anything that would defeat us.  The victory is ours through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Alleluia!


+Pastor Paul on behalf of the PLUM Pastoral Team




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