Easter and Pentecost

  • As a way to be companions to each other in the next four weeks, a friend and I are reading Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman. They are musings and thoughts on prayer, community, and life. He offers a word of hope in times of uncertainty.


  • We are a covenantal church… what does this mean? That we are not in this journey alone. We covenant to be a part of a group of congregations, and while we all do church a little differently, we agree to support one another on this journey called faith. 


  • Sometimes art can be an invitation to a new perspective or a deeper meaning. Take time this week to check out Charlie Mackesy and his gentle voice of kindness and friendship. Let us lean into our friendships and those we journey with...


  • Words from our Associate Pastor for Missions & Education, Becca Lockwood, who returned from a three-month sabbatical today and Lori Jannsen, Preschool Director.


  • Earlier this summer, I asked all of our staff to set goals for their work and development this year, and I shared with them that I wouldn’t ask them to set goals if I wasn’t doing the same. One of my goals is to read a non-work-related book per quarter.


Instead of finding a sealed tomb, the women who had come at dawn on Sunday are surprised by an angel who announces astonishing news: "Jesus has been raised from the dead" (Matt. 28:7). The heavenly messenger invites the mourners to see the empty tomb and then go and tell the disciples that the Crucified One is alive!

The season from Easter to Pentecost is also called the Great Fifty Days, a tradition inspired by the Jewish season of fifty days between Passover and Shavuot—the feast celebrating the giving of the Torah to Moses.

The liturgical color for this season is celebratory White or Gold. When the season ends on Pentecost Sunday, White is replaced with Red. This color reminds the congregation of fire—the symbol of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit overpowered the barriers of culture and race. The first Sunday after Pentecost celebrates the Trinity, and the color again is White or Gold.