March 28, 2017
Today, at First United Church, it is obvious that spring has arrived. All day I have watched
people bringing in donations for our garage sale and rummage room. Their arms are full of the
belongings that they have outgrown, no longer use, or no longer have space to store. The
arrival of warmer weather means it is time for spring cleaning; it is time to clear out the old and
make space for the new.
During the season of Lent we do a different kind of spring cleaning. Instead of clearing out our
cupboards and closets, we focus on our inner lives. Lent is all about clearing out negative
thoughts and feelings that fill our hearts and souls with anger, sorrow and regret. Instead of
bringing them to the garage sale we take them to God and allow the Holy Spirit to heal our
pain and open our hearts.
When the clutter of our lives has been cleared, we are ready to experience the possibility of
new life that we find in the Easter story. It is exciting to think of all the ways that we can grow
in faith and discipleship as we journey towards this Easter season.
Here at First United we strive to provide a place where new life is possible and so we continue
to provide opportunities for building community, experiencing spiritual growth and providing
compassionate outreach. In 2017 we have started initiatives such as:
a new pictorial directory to help us know and recognize each other;
a Lenten study on prayer to deepen our connection to God
a Come and Go Coffee Time to provide a space for care and community; and
taking part in the recent Truth & Reconciliation Event to express our commitment to a
new relationship with our First Nations brothers and sisters.
Enclosed with this letter is an Easter offering envelope. Please consider celebrating this
season of new life with a special monetary gift that will help us provide opportunities for
healing and rebirth to people in our community and around the world. Thanks for the many
ways that you support the ministry of First United Church.
Rev. Annette Taylor