Easter Day was glorious – it even rained a little! We are always so ready to talk about beautiful, sunny springtime weather on Easter, because that’s what it’s “supposed” to look like. But in drought-stricken California, the rain was a true blessing. In its own small way it spoke of new life. We were full with the joy of familiar faces and new ones, and the choir was top notch. In addition to the choir (with Anna’s leadership, and our “ringers,” Jarv and Cameron!), special thanks to Machiko for organizing the egg hunt, and to all who brought lovely flowers to decorate the sanctuary.

It is important to remember that while Easter can seem like a goal (especially for clergy!) after the long run of Lent, Easter is just a beginning for all of us. Lent, a colleague wrote, is only practice for what comes now. Eastertide begins the 50 day season leading to Pentecost and the recognition of the Holy Spirit in our midst. Most importantly, this is when we consciously experience and celebrate resurrection, new life, and remind ourselves – as the message said on Sunday – that the work of God’s good news is an unfinished story. It is a story to which each of us is called to write the ending.

Peace and grace be with you,
Pastor Carol

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