I’ve sung in choirs for a long time. The nature of choir rehearsal means that a choir can start working up Christmas music in September and begin looking at Easter music while the baby is still in the manger. There’s a time shift that prepares heart, mind and voice for the Big Event, and then, when Event is over, the music still lingers. We’ve been preparing all through long Lent of this past year for the Big Event of Easter, hoping desperately for a Resurrection of life as we knew it. That Resurrection will not happen on April 4, 2021.

The pandemic is going to rob us of another Easter of crowding into the Sanctuary, feeling the buzz of “Hallelujahs” and hearing our choir belt out “Christ the Lord is Risen Today!”  Nonetheless, the Resurrection we actually need: a Resurrection of Hope, of Faith, of Trust in the power of Christ to overcome anything and everything—that’s the Resurrection we’ll recall this Sunday, and for a long time afterward. Please join us online at 10 a.m. on our UCC Missoula YouTube Channel or our UCC Missoula Facebook page.  (By the way, we will hear the choir belt out “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” online.) With love and faith in the Joy to come, Pastor Jennifer

Everything Changes
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness!  “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney

Publish Date:

April 1, 2021

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