During the season of Easter I try to look for examples of new life. Here are a few examples from near and far. Easter is a season, not a day, and as people of faith we discover that when we search out expressions of new life, we see them all around us.
Easter Services : Last Sunday we had 79 people attending our Family Friendly Worship at 8:30 a.m. We started the Family Friendly Services a year ago. Last Easter we had a good crowd (49) and decided to hold the services once a month. We had such a good response that we increased to weekly service last fall and the idea of having an early service for families with small children seems to be catching on.
Our Family Services include a time to light candles, a simple statement of faith, familiar hymns, monthly communion, and an offering. In March we baptized three children. Many of the children participated in the Christmas Pageant. Our Kid’s Choir sang for the first time on Palm Sunday. We have plans to continue the service through the summer at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Thanks to Debbie Larsson, Matt Scinto, Becky Sullivan for shepherding this project.
Our services are spontaneous and also full of faith.
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra: In one year Matt Scinto has offered our community 4 concerts of classical music that link music with poetry, art, literature. He has offered our community musical experiences where the instrumental pieces link the audience to original music composed for these concerts. Having these concerts at Pilgrim Church has offered an invitation to music-lovers to experience our sanctuary in new ways or for the first time. It has been creative on so many levels and has lifted our horizons on how to experience music together. Check out a performance here.
Ministry in Austin: I read about a village outside of Austin Texas that is a community fill of formerly homeless men and women. Built on 50 acres the community includes 100 rv campers and 200+ tiny homes. The founders have creates a place where people from the street have activities, opportunities for employment and a sense of belonging.
One of the reasons this project captured my attention is because it is simple, practical, and effective. It is an example of something new that is changing lives profoundly. https://mlf.org/community-first/
God’s grace is all around us.