Pastor Leanne's Message for the month of May, 2023:
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, 11 for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
Okay, so, it’s a love song – sensually graphic and not the kind of thing one normally associates with scripture. And yet it is included in the holy script in all of its detailed glory. Young lovers frolic in the emerging springtime – everything is beautiful and new and sensual.
This scripture came to mind as we emerge from a long hard winter. I spotted my first robin last week, and the mountains of snow are almost gone and this morning, raucous birds woke me up around 4:00 in the morning; as the scripture says, the time for singing has come, the voice of birds are heard in the land, things are beginning to blossom. Arise, and come away, the poet cries, “get up, get out, enjoy life, and love, and be glad.
It’s good advice for all of us: get up, get out, enjoy life, and love, and be glad. Winter cooped us up – it made gathering inconvenient, and at times impossible, and it kept us in separate places with minimal connection – not good for the soul. Let’s let the new creation of springtime thaw out the tiredness of the winter, and let us seek each other in the sunshine for mutual enjoyment of God’s blessings.
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2:00pm - 6:00pm
games, crafts, and bouncy house for the kids
Braveheart - musical entertainment
Boy Scout Troop #6 - food booth
Old Fashioned Photo Booth
popcorn - cotton candy - lemonade
Parish Nurse - blood pressure clinic (2-3:00pm)
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