A Message for Holy Saturday
A Time of Holy Waiting
Dearest Belmont Heights Family,
Peace and grace to you all!
As I sit here on this Holy Saturday, I can’t help but compare this time to that time of waiting nearly 2000 years ago. Today we wait. In uncertainty, in fear, in thoughts of “what is next for us?”, and can feel alone and in the dark, huddled in our rooms, where every step outside is an act of courage. Perhaps this Holy Saturday is one of the most Holy we could experience in our lives, if we believe that Holy means set apart for God and following the footsteps of those first disciples. Just like those disciples, we are wondering how we are ever going to celebrate again.
And yet, we know something that the disciples did not. We know Easter is coming! We know that no matter how dark this time is, Christ is Risen and has conquered fear, loneliness, and yes, even death!
I do hope you join me and others as we celebrate at sunrise on at 6:30 a.m. on Easter morning and again at our 10:15 service. In the links below you will find multiple ways to join and experience Easter. We may not be in our building, but now more than ever, we are called to be The Church – the Church, outbound and deployed. The Church in our homes, in our prayers, in our giving and serving our community in any way we can. The Church has NEVER been about the building. We are proving that, not only at Belmont Heights UMC, where our virtual worship numbers are reaching 100 or more per week, or the Global Church, where internet bandwidth is taxed more now on Sunday mornings than during the work week! The Church is connecting, reaching, giving messages of hope and unity, even when physically apart. God is with us. Jesus is Risen. The Holy Spirit is moving across fiber cables and straight into the heart and soul of the people. The Body of Christ is triumphant!
I am grateful for our leadership, worship team, and staff. We are finding new ways to work. I know there have been questions about the decisions to be in different locations and not in our church. As a former health educator and hospital administrator, these decisions were made from faithful servanthood based on sound science. A very Wesleyan approach to the pandemic response. Next week I will be writing you, explaining why we are doing things this way and what to expect going forward. Right now, I am just grateful for your sacrifice, placing personal comfort and even profit and income aside to protect our most vulnerable. This is truly what it means to be a follower of Christ.
I invite you to be in this space of Holy Waiting. For the brave, I will begin an Easter Vigil at 4:30 a.m., reading the Prophecy and Passion scriptures outlined in the United Methodist Lectionary. After the Vigil we will begin our Sonrise Service immediately on the same Zoom link and Facebook feed.
As we move from mourning to dancing, I remind you all;
“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love.”
( 1 Corinthians 15:13-14)
Much love and blessings to all,
P.S. - you will be receiving an invitation soon to join us here on Faithlife, to stay connected. Your Belmont Heights UMC Faithlife group membership also includes many ways to deepen your faith, such as Bible Study, Christian Films, and Children's activities.
Join Us For Our Easter Celebration
EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 12
4:30 am - Easter Vigil
6:30 am - "Sonrise" Worship
10:15 am - Resurrection Service
10:00 am Pacific Time (US and Canada) will be gathering and conversation.
10:15 a.m. will start worship!
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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US: +1 669 900 6833
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Webinar ID: 713 527 098
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