Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is truly risen!

We just finished the 40 days of Lent, Holy week, and Easter Sunday. I am wondering how you have grown in your relationship with Jesus Christ though the Lent, and how Jesus' resurrection is being celebrated in your lives now. During that time, we remembered and meditated on Jesus' passion and cross and celebrated Jesus' resurrection - hence "HAPPY Easter!" We celebrate that the meaning of the cross of pain, shame, and death has changed to victory and brought us hope, love, and joy. As I keep emphasizing, we should remember that these blessings of love, hope, joy, and faith from his resurrection are not only for Easter Sunday, but are in our lives every moment. I hope we can truly worship and praise him every day of our lives.

After Easter Sunday, I am preparing “Holy Humor Sunday” for this Sunday. I know this special worship service is a first for our churches, and it is also the first time I will lead a Holy Humor Sunday worship service. Somehow I feel nervous and worried; I hope this service will be fun but also meaningful and spiritual. While preparing, I have been thinking about "joyful laughter," which is the main theme of Sunday. Thinking of what Jesus has done and given to our lives, we cannot help but be joyful and grateful. I hope this service will be a time we can freely laugh-out-loud (a.k.a. LOL) with God together!

The month of May includes "Mother's Day." Thank God for the gift to us all of mothers. I hope that in Mother's Day and throughout this month we express our love to our mothers and/or mother figures. Our churches also have mother's day celebrations - traditional Mother's Day Celebration at UMW, 11 am on May 11th, Saturday. Also, I am happy to be able to prepare a Lady's Night for all "ladies" at 6 pm on May 17th. I encourage each of you to participate in these special celebrations as you can.

As you know, I am longing for spring. At our last Messy Church, we planted seedlings in the small pots as prayer seeds. I planted the seedlings in seven pots and put them near the garage door and forgot about them, but a few days ago, I found that some of them sprouted! I felt like the small green lives said "hello!" They make my heart so much more excited for spring. I think that spring is the season we meditate about "growth" and "renewal." I hope that as we long for the spring, we long to grow and renew our spirit in Christ Jesus during this new season.

I hope your every day can be like Easter - remember, celebrate, and rejoice in Jesus' love.
Peace Be with You, Easter people!

 

Pastor's Challenge:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)