Last Sunday at worship we celebrated love and looked at the story Jesus told about the ‘Good Samaritan.’ After telling people to love God and love others as we should love ourselves Jesus used the example of the Good Samaritan to describe how we are to love and care for others. When I asked people of all ages to share how they would characterize the Good Samaritan, children, youth and adults gave a wonderful array of answers including: generous, compassionate, non-judgmental, caring, determined, not defined by social standards, faithful, and inclusive. One of the things I so appreciate about Pilgrim members and friends, is that I see so many of these characterizations being demonstrated in very practical ways. Although many of the characterizations listed are counter cultural in today’s world, I hope and pray we challenge ourselves to be Great Samaritans who love God so we can love ourselves and others better. Let’s nurture an environment where everybody knows they have a place where they belong and are loved.
We can always find hope in the love of God as shown through Jesus. The uncertainties and distress of today’s world can be overwhelming, but our faith reminds us that there is always more to see than what is in the news. As much as we would like to revel in the resurrection story, Jesus’ journey beyond the empty grave included persistent persecution as well as suffering and dying on a cross. This is a stunning reminder to us that God’s love can overcome all of the brokenness in the world. What an awesome source of hope!!!
As a community of faith and bearers of hope into the world we can experience the powerful meaning of holy week and Easter together. From our shared experiences we can be empowered to bring healing and change into the world.
Good Friday Worship – 7:00pm 4/14 at Peace UCC. This is a moving service with combined music and leadership from Pilgrim Church (UCC), Peace UCC, and Glen Avon Presbyterian.
Easter Worship – 10:00am April 16 with continental breakfast before and Easter egg hunt after.
Easter blessings and hope to everyone!