“The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NRSV.)
It’s a well known but often overlooked fact that the Easter season is longer than Lent. The 40 days of reflection, self-denial, and penitence seem to move slower than a tree sloth on Dramamine. On the other hand, the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost seem to fly by unseen like a stealth aircraft. It might be that the weather is getting nicer and there are more activities to fill up our calendar in the late spring, but I think there’s more to it than that. We let time go lightly when we don’t see ourselves moving toward an individual or shared goal or event. We move slowly toward the cross and quickly away from the empty tomb. Friends, this is a time to celebrate!
I am excited to remind you that St. Mark will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Pentecost Sunday, June 5. We will mark this day with a special worship service that honors our history and also looks forward to who God is calling us to be in the future. I think it is uniquely special that our congregation shares the same birthday with the larger church. The Holy Spirit moved in a new way on Pentecost Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago as a mighty wind filled the upper room and the disciples began to praise God in different tongues. Nobody brought any cake or candles, but this divine present signified the birth of the Church. The language and style of worship naturally change over the years, but the subject remains the same. We gather together to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. That’s been true here at St. Mark for the past 60 years, and, God willing, it will continue for at least another 60 years.
There will be a congregational picnic immediately following the worship service. We will provide the hot dogs, bratwursts, and Ted Drewes frozen custard (that’s how you know it’s a big deal!) There will be activities for children, youth, and adults, and you do not want to miss out. We are inviting you to be a part of this very special day at St. Mark. Beyond the food and festivities, we have a real opportunity for renewed fellowship. Please consider reaching out to someone with an invitation to join us in worship for this great celebration (or to any service or activity.) The world is coming back to life all around us, and I guarantee there is somebody who is wanting to come to St. Mark; they are just waiting on your invitation. May we all come together as guests invited!
In Hope and Confidence,