A community church in North Andover, Massachusetts

Out Of My Mind – April 2020

Spring is really here, even by the calendar. This has always been my favorite time of year. Autumn wouldn’t be so bad if it were followed by anything but winter, but spring is always pleasant because even if it snows, you know the cold is not going to last.

Spring is also an important time of year in the Christian calendar because the defining events of our faith took place on or near Passover which is always in the spring. Those events, of course, are Jesus’ last supper, betrayal, torture, crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

To be sure, there’s a lot more to the story of our redemption by Christ than the last eight days. Just read any of the gospels. But someone once observed that if Jesus’ entire ministry, about three years, were as completely documented as Holy Week, the volume would be thousands of pages. Instead, the gospels tell us what we need to grasp with our hearts for the good news to grasp us, the simple gospel, starting with “Christ was crucified and died, but rose again on the third day.”

As followers of Jesus, we believe that those astonishing events changed everything; our relationship with our Creator, with each other and with our world. “God so loved the world (the entire creation) that he sent his only son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.”

At First-Calvary Baptist Church we never let this season go by except we commemorate it with some special observations during Holy Week:

April 5 – Palm Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.   Cancelled

April 9 – Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m.

April 12 – Easter Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for these holiest days of our Christian year.

Peace,
Pastor Rob, interim

(NOTE: I wrote the above before the coronavirus had begun making such a difference in our lives. To be sure what’s happening at church during the rest of March and Holy Week, call the church’s information line. And be sure to guard your health.  Pastor Rob)