Message from Pastor Philip

Welcome to spring in the desert! I know its not officially spring yet, but it will be very soon.

We are more than halfway through our Lenten season here in 2024; Lent is our season for listening. We are called to listen to God, ourselves, and our Community.

As I sit up here in the Pacific Northwest for a week, taking care of some business for my mother, I am inspired by the wind blowing through the fir trees. What a soothing, beautiful song!

This week I heard a song that I grew up with from Don Williams, entitled Good Ole Boys Like Me. This verse caught my attention:

Nothing makes a sound in the night like the wind does, But you ain't afraid if you're washed in the blood like I was...

Perhaps its my bias as a scout and former Park ranger, but I believe that God speaks to us through the wind and through nature just as much as he speaks through people, places and events. What are you afraid of? Jesuss death and resurrection challenges each of us to face our own mortality --- no matter what age we are.

Through Maundy Thursday, we are reminded that Jesus' command is that we love one another in the same way that he has loved us.

In the darkness of Good Friday, we grieve the horrors and pain of the crucifixion, and on Easter morning we cele- brate the resurrection and eternal life.

Thats a lot to deal with in a short time! Its so easy to for- get the depths and roots of our faith in the business of dai- ly life. Lets intentionally take time to pray and reflect on it during Easter.

Weve had some sound problems in the last month, both online and in our streaming services. I want to assure you we have been working to correct them and I personally thank you for your patience.

A special and heartfelt shout out goes to Mike Gray and Paul Mosier who have been tirelessly and selflessly work- ing on the issues. And - thanks to your faithful tithing and giving to the church -- we have been able to purchase a few small items that will help fill in gaps.

Another special shout out goes to the Chargers who have concluded their season with another wonderful, tasty breakfast! The home-cooked meals, warm friendship, fellowship, and opportunity to sit down and visit on Saturday mornings are priceless.

I encourage all of you to join us during Holy Week. We will have special services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then sunrise services on Easter. This is the most important week of the Christians year -- I encourage all to prayerfully join us as we reflect on Jesuss sacrifice for all of us, and Gods love and grace that is given to us through Christ.

As I sit here and watch the sunset over the mountains up here in the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded that spring is a time of new life of rebirth -- of growth and new opportunities. Soon we will be at the cross celebrating rebirth -- our rebirth as Christians and the eternal life that Christ gives us.