We have celebrated Jesus’ resurrection and the new life that comes through Jesus and all he accomplished on the cross and through the tomb. We celebrated with flowers, sure signs of Spring, and Easter eggs, reminders of new life. Now we really get to enjoy the new life that comes with warmer weather.
The Song of Solomon speaks gladly to the end of winter, with one lover calling to the other, encouraging a return to the world that is greening and warming, a welcoming place. It reads, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” May we all heed this advice and come forth into May sunshine and enjoy the lengthening days and warming breezes. May we look ahead to all we might do together this month. In May, the first three Sundays include Peace Sunday, Mother’s Day, and Baptist Heritage Day. The whole month is Older Americans Month, and the second Sunday is also Rural Life and Baptist World Alliance Sunday. Do those suggest any activities we should rouse ourselves to in May?
With Baptist Heritage Sunday, on May 15, I will be presenting a four part sermon series on what it is to be American Baptists, including sermons on who we are, who we serve, what we gain, and how we equip ourselves to serve. If anyone is interested, I’ll be looking to having another walking prayer in a nearby park after church.
Recently we have had some fun and helped out those in need. We held our Easter egg hunt in early April, which was a two-day success. We had a Celtic concert. We were able to help two families in need, one recovering after a devastating fire destroyed their home and the other escaping war in Ukraine. We held a community blood drive at the end of April. Now, how shall we reach out to others in May? I look forward to seeing what sort of opportunities God sends our way and what we can make of them. Wishing you all a month when we all arise and come away.