We danced 60s-style, dined internationally, worshiped on a beautiful Sunday morning, and even have 100+ hygiene kits ready to send to Church World Service, all as part of a fine Golden Anniversary for Burlington Presbyterian. If you haven’t already done so, please join me in expressing hearty and heartfelt THANKS to a faithful, creative, and hardworking Planning Team: Judy Brunner and Sue Hadsell, co-chairs; Jen Dewar, Steve and Barbara Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee. They rounded up some great volunteers who helped, notably Mark and Cheryl Wells who coordinated the anniversary reception.
Now, let’s all take a deep breath as June arrives, bringing summer. It’s been a full season, and a year that has been full of joys, sorrows, and hard work.
But our enjoyment of times together, in friendship with one another and in service of God, will not end. In fact, here is a preview of a few things coming our way as summer unfolds:
June 10 will be our Christian Education celebration with cookout. After that
Sunday there will be “summer celebrations” for children preschool-grade 2 in
place of Sunday School.
I’m looking forward to hosting a “Friday Night at the Movies” series, spread
throughout summer weeks.
On Thursday, June 21, a well-known Celtic harpist and storyteller, Patrick Ball,
will give a performance in our sanctuary.
More information about the above appears in Crossroads.
The Session will start piecing together a process for exploring the future of ministry in our building – since our fine nursery school program of 43 years held its final “graduation” on May 25.
So with thanks in our heart, some chance for a needed rest, and anticipation of the future together, let us move into summer.
This month, Burlington Presbyterian Church’s 50th anniversary will begin in earnest, with additions to Sunday worship and a ‘60’s Party (can’t wait!). Millie Wiegand is working on an updated history booklet, and in her draft she says that I remind us that we are Easter people (though I’m not sure I’ve done that often as she recalls!). She writes,
This means that although we acknowledge Easter as a historic and worshipful event, the Easter gospel is that Christ is alive. The Holy Spirit is even now at work in the world, making Him known to us.
This is an amazing claim! To me, there are some things that being an Easter person doesn’t mean, as well as does.
I don’t believe it means having to have an ironclad theology of the resurrection (even the Bible expresses this truth in various ways). I don’t believe it means regularly addressing the folks with whom we work, play, and otherwise hang out in specific religious language.
I believe it does mean: Seeing and sometimes experiencing the life of Christ present among people, churched or otherwise (after all, his life is loose in the world!); allowing our lives to be shaped (thanks to the Holy Spirit) to be more like his; living as though the lives of others, and the world, are most important, and finding deep joy in serving them; and knowing that the darkest night doesn’t hold God’s final word to us – that word is life.
It is my true hope that in its 50 years of existence, BPC has authentically witnessed to something of what it means to be Easter people – and that it will continue to do so for many, many years to come.