Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24).
After our worship service on Rally Day last September we invited people to plant spring bulbs. This intergenerational activity was connected to our theme of “hope.” We trusted that if we planted the bulbs to the best of our ability, God would do the rest. We believed that in time, these bulbs placed in the dark earth would be transformed. Although we couldn’t see what was happening to the bulbs while they were buried for months, we believed God would raise them up and that they would
bring additional beauty and joy to our world in the spring. We did this as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. We planted bulbs in the middle of the pandemic with the hope that things would be different, would be better, when these bulbs were transformed and appeared as flowers.
It was with excitement then, that I noticed some of the first signs of these bulbs breaking forth out of the earth recently. Small green blades are making their way through the ground. The flowers haven’t appeared as of this writing, but I trust they will be coming soon. It’s a miraculous transformation really, one we witness year after year, but one we can take for granted.
Jesus turned to this transformative process to help us better understand his death and resurrection. “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24). On Easter we celebrate the transformative power of God’s love in this world. When God raised Jesus from the dead, we were given a dramatic example of God’s ability to bring life from death, joy from sadness, freedom from captivity, and wholeness from brokenness. God continues to be able to make these types of transformations possible, turning something that seems lifeless into a new form and clothing it with a new beauty. The transformation at times may take longer than we would like, requiring patience, but if we do our part and continue to trust, we have been reassured it will take place. This truth is the cornerstone of our faith.
As we witness the beauty of these transformed spring bulbs around the grounds of our church property, let us also bear witness to the transformative power of God’s love in other areas of our lives. May we continue to do our part, following the example of Jesus, and then trust God to do the rest. As we do, we will see other examples of this power at work and experience it intimately in our own lives.
Blessings to you all this Easter Season!
“Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain, wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.”
(J.M.C. Crum, Now the Green Blade Riseth, #311 UMH
Palm Sunday, March 28th: This service will be in our sanctuary at 10 a.m. Palms will be available for all.
Holy Thursday, April 1st: A simple service of Holy Communion will be held in our sanctuary starting at 6 p.m. People may receive communion and afterward, have a time for quiet prayer and reflection.
Good Friday, April 2nd: Our Good Friday service is scheduled to be out-doors on the front lawn, weather permitting (indoors otherwise). This meaningful service will recall the story of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. It will start at 6 p.m.. People are invited to bring their own chairs and are encouraged to dress appropriately if the service is held outside.
Holy Saturday, April 3rd: On Saturday we will have an Easter Egg Hunt at the home of Pastor John and Joy. (3 Center Street, South Dennis, the corner of Center Street and Trotting Park Road in West Dennis! Feel free to park in the lot for the Ezra Baker Elementary School or the Jericho House and Museum). The festivities start at 10 a.m. This fun event is especially geared towards children and their families, but all are welcome. Refreshments and other activities will be provided, and hundreds of eggs need to be found. Meet in the Parish Hall at 10 a.m. if it is raining, as the egg hunt will be held inside then.
Easter Sunday, April 4th: We have two services planned, a sunrise service at Smuggler’s Beach starts at 6 a.m. and our regular 10 a.m. service will be held in the back yard if the weather permits. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, both services will be in our sanctuary. Each service will have special music and during the 10 a.m. service, there will be a special time for the children. Come together to celebrate the transformative power of God’s love and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our Thrift Shop and Furniture Barn, open for the new season, are already off to a great start. If you would like to be part of this ministry of our congregation, please speak with either Connie Swedlund or Penny Bach. New volunteers are always welcome, especially to assist us in our popular Furniture Barn on Thursdays. In addition to providing high quality clothing, household items, and furniture at very reasonable prices for people in our community, all the proceeds go to support the ministry and mission or our church.
A special gift for the Thrift Shop
Longtime church member Jim Wick, before recently moving off-Cape, donated several of his amazing bird carvings to the Thrift Shop. When Jim retired and moved to the Cape in the early 1980’s, one of his first actions was to take up bird carving as a hobby, which he kept practicing for the next thirty years. To celebrate Cape Cod life, he specialized in shorebirds. After Jim’s donation of the unpainted carvings, Allan Broadhurst and Stanlee Wetzel took on the project of finishing these wonderful carvings. Allan has now sold many of the carvings to friends and collectors with the all proceeds coming to the Thrift Shop. A very special thank you to everyone!
From March 31st through April 10th , the Shop will be having a 50% off sale on all winter clothing, including coats, jackets, hats, shoes, scarves and handbags.
Currently the Shop is featuring a beautiful furniture set with couch, chair with ottoman, glass top coffee table and glass top end table for only $200! Stop in to check it out!
Our next hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 17th. We’ll meet in the parking lot of the church property at 10 AM. This hike is called the Spruce Hill Trail and is located right off Route 6A in Brewster. The trail is very flat and takes walkers out to Cape Cod Bay. The trip to the Bay and back is only about one mile, but we can spend as much time walking along the beach as the group would like. Once again, this hike is for all ages.
On Saturday, March 20th, eight two-legged and two four-legged folks got together from our congregation and walked the entire 3-mile loop around Cliff Pond in Brewster. God blessed us with a beautiful day. The sun was warm, the skies were clear, the wind was calm and the pond was gorgeous. This intergenerational group enjoyed each other’s company and many of the adventures we came across along the way. It was a wonderful day to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation together.
We thank our Director of Music Cheryl Kain for leading our Singing Visits this month. We also thank John Duncan for putting our route together. A nice group, consisting of Cheryl Kain, Cookie and Buzz Barry, Eve Hoffman, Leslie Hathaway and Pastor John – enjoyed the beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon visiting members of our congregation, singing together and being blessed by each other’s company.
Our congregation is looking to hire someone to watch over and care for the youngest members of our community. This person will work in the nursery during our worship service on Sunday mornings. They would need to be ready by 9:45 AM and can finish up by 11:15 AM. This is a paid position. If you or someone you know loves little children, would like to be part of our growing Church school program, and might be interested in this position, please contact the church office.