The Pastor's Peace - May, 2009
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Easter came and we celebrated the resurrection of Christ in grand fashion here at Beaver UCC. Thanks to all of you who helped make everything possible on that wonderful Sunday. Between the two services we had 155 attendants, and the breakfast and Easter egg hunt were well enjoyed. So now that we have celebrated the High Holiday, now that we have taken the lilies home, now that the Easter dresses are back in the closet, what do we do? This is not a new question; in fact the early church thought a great deal about what to do after the death and resurrection of Christ. In the gospels we find the first accounts of Christ appearing to the disciples and others; it must have been amazing. In Luke, Acts, and the traditional ending of Mark we read about the ascension of Christ. What a glorious thing to have witnessed! I have a hunch, however, that shortly after that, one or two Christians thought, “Now what.” An answer to that was Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on people. This event, 50 days after the resurrection of Christ, marks the beginning of the Church. Again, what an awesome event, but afterward, I wonder if people again said, “Well, now what do we do.”

People such as Paul knew that what had to be done was to spread the Word, and to prepare people for the eventual return of Christ. Many in the early church felt that
Christ would come back very soon. In fact, people wondered if it made sense to plant crops or even get married, because of the impending return. Some 2000 years later,we have come to understand that either Christ’s return somehow works differently than we thought or that it was not intended to be immediate, and it has yet to come. We would be justified in wondering, “What are we supposed to do while we wait?” Often in life we live from one big event to another. For instance, a person’s career might be seen as a series of events: college then your first job, your second job, a big promotion, a not so big promotion, retirement. If we just look at those events and focus our life around them, then we stand to miss everything in-between. Many times it can be the moments between the milestones that truly define your life. The church is not so different. Between all of the events of the early church and even today, there has always been a constant, God’s love. We don’t celebrate God’s love with any specific event, yet it is there in everything we do as a church. As we leave the big holiday of Easter and our attendance returns to lower numbers, please remember and remind others that the church still meets every Sunday. Remember that what will likely be the most important events in your church life will happen in-between Christmas and Easter. Remember that God’s love is with us every day, and simply recognizing that is the “now what” of a life in Christ. In fact, it might be the most important thing we ever do.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian