West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017


 As I write this article we are preparing for Holy Week, the wonderful celebration of the Passion and the Resurrection at our church. From the beautiful flowers to the inspiring music to the excited children, the Easter celebration has a great power to deeply move us and to remind us of the central affirmation of the Christian faith: that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive in our world today. But much of the power of Easter is in the great Passion story itself, a story we encounter through our Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning worship services. I am constantly amazed at the power of the story and teachings of Jesus Christ to speak to people today, just as they did 2000 years ago.
I am particularly aware of that power this spring because, along with Joanne Evans and Sarah Laflamme, I am leading a confirmation class for 7th and 8th graders. In that class it has been inspiring to me to watch those in the class read and study the scriptures as they come to know Jesus Christ on a new and deeper level. The class is preparing to lead the Holy Thursday worship service, and in that process they encounter the Passion story on a deeper level.
As all of us hear or hear again what Jesus said and did, we see some of that reflected in music and art. We also talk about where Jesus’ story connects with our own stories. And I am amazed again at the power of the gospel story to call and claim us.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, that is what the story and teachings of Jesus Christ have been doing for 2000 years. That is part of the Easter miracle – people read those words in the scriptures and reflect on them in worship and in study groups. And the Risen Christ is with us when we do so, guiding our understanding and inspiring our actions as we live the Easter faith.

 Reverend Mack