Recently I noticed the first falling of pine pollen upon my car. My first reaction was, “Oh no, here we go again,” but then I got to thinking. Why do we concentrate on what is wrong instead of celebrating what is right? It was a beautiful spring day, but my focus was not on birds singing nor daffodils blooming, but pine pollen on a car.

And then I thought… allergies. I can hate pine pollen because of allergies. But it turns out, very few people are actually allergic to pine pollen. It’s just that pine trees create pollen at the same time as oak and other trees which do cause all our sniffling and sneezing. So perhaps we should not be so quick to judge based on appearance! Anyway, as Jesus reminded us that the rain falls on the just and unjust alike, I suppose that pine pollen will fall on all of us as well.

Which means, if you come to worship with us in the next few weeks, I can promise you your car will be covered with yellow. But come anyway, because I can promise as well that you will be covered with a warm welcome, whether you are stepping onto our campus for the thousandth time or the first.

On behalf of our congregation I do indeed invite one and all to worship with us during this holy time of the year. You need not be a Methodist in order to participate in all our services, including Communion.

Our Lenten Cantata, March 20 at the 8:30 and 11:15 services, follows Jesus on his journey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, follows him to the cross, and celebrates the new life of Easter.

The Maundy Thursday service is a service of Holy Communion, remembering the night in which Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion with a last supper he shared with his disciples. The word “Maundy” means “command.” (“Mandate” is a similar word.) During the Last Supper, as Jesus offered bread as a symbol of his body and wine as a symbol of his blood, he commanded his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.”

On Good Friday, a Tenebrae Service leads us to contemplate in a serious way the death of Jesus on the Cross and how much the love He has for us cost him.(Tenebrae” is a Latin word for “shadow” or “darkness.”)

Then, after the darkness, we come to Easter. Our Sunrise Service will begin at 6:51 a.m. and is held in the Youth Building.

Again, I invite one and all to share in faith, fellowship, and service with our congregation.

–Eric Lindblade