Clergy Reflection – March 31, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am not a winter person. I like skiing and skating just fine, but dislike being cold. It’s much more fun to swim and hike and garden in the warmth of summer. So with March “coming in like a lion” and now today “going out like a lion” too, I am disappointed that the weather is not cooperating with my wishes. I want spring to get here!

Fortunately, this coming week, St. John’s is hosting an event to warm our hearts. On Thursday, April 6, at 6pm we are supporting our Syrian Refugee ministry with an evening of Syrian food, Syrian music, and a talk by Nadia Alawa about the current situation in the refugee camps. There is no financial charge for the evening, but participants are asked to bring in book bags filled with school supplies for the children and/or tote bags of sewing and knitting supplies for the mothers. We have all seen the news about the suffering of the Syrian people. Here is a chance to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. RSVP to the church office at 978-297-0229.

The season of Lent is one of introspection and renewed commitment to following the path of Jesus. We pray for those who suffer, we give to those in need, and we seek to deepen our relationship with God through both prayer and action. We are promised that just as spring follows winter, and Easter follows Lent, so too, in Christ, healing follows brokenness. The God who raises Jesus from the dead, can also resurrect healing from impossible situations, be they broken countries or broken hearts.

Join us for this meaningful and fascinating evening about our Syrian ministry, and be Christ’s hands and feet to refugee women and children. Be a sign of spring to the world!

You are very dear to me and to God in Christ.

Faithfully yours,