Dear Glen Mar friends,
I hate that baseball’s Opening Day was delayed, because I love baseball…but the delay has put Opening Day closer to Easter…and for some reason to me baseball, spring and Easter are connected. The turning of the seasons to spring—new life, flowers, and that bright green of grass in ballparks–fills me with joy and hope. The sweet sound of a fast ball hitting a glove, the sweet ballet of the 6-4-3 double play and grown men playing a game of childhood….it’s all so wonderful. Also, I like hot dogs and time to talk to Eric (between pitches of course) and the promise that everyone is in first place on opening day. There’s a sense that anything is possible on Opening Day.
On Easter morning, the world changed—the winter of empire and crucifixion, sin and death had its day and there was a new dawning of hope, for all creation. A new beginning, a new life. The joy in the heart of those who found the tomb empty—the sound of women running from the tomb shouting “I have seen the Lord…” A tomb with the stone rolled away—the ultimate “opening day.” It all starts with Palm Sunday. I’ll see you there!
Next week is Holy Week at Glen Mar, so we have many opportunities to worship and serve. Check out our Holy Week Prayer Walk, our services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 7 pm (both in person and livestreamed) and our Easter Resurrection Services, at 7 am (sunrise, outdoor, bring chairs), 9:30 (traditional) and 11 am (contemporary). We’ll have a facebook event for Easter that you can share with friends!
See you in church,
PS Saturday, we’ll be celebrating the life of our beloved Betsy Bucks and showing love to Dale, Christa, Jose and the family. Family will receive visitors at 1 pm and the service will be at 2 pm at Glen Mar. That service will also be livestreamed on our website. I hope you can join us as we celebrate one of Glen Mar’s saints and proclaim what Betsy knew and built her life upon—that Jesus is Lord and the tomb is empty, and because of that, we live lives of love, justice, courage and peace.