Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weekly Words - 2/23/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

These words from Maya Angelou’s larger poem, And Still I Rise, inspire me every time I read them. In a significant way, they remind me of our story here at First Baptist Church of Denver. Over the next couple of weeks, our attention, liturgically speaking, will turn from the season of Epiphany, to that of Lent and then to Easter. The divine, liturgical drama we will remember and reenact tells us once more about the power of resurrection hope.

We will read soon again how the early disciples struggled with the news of Jesus’ resurrection. Folk wondered and wandered for a period. The New Testament testimony though continues to tell us how within the course of time, the movement of peace and justice that Jesus initiated took off and before long momentum and energy spread and the early church evolved into thriving communities of people.

It seems to me that First Baptist Church of Denver is entering a season where in due course, our sense of mission and expansion of ministry will evolve significantly more than we’ve experienced to-date. Still we’ll rise. Over the course of the next several weeks many things will be taking place at FBCD. How might you connect on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights? In what ways can you volunteer for service and ministry? If you’re looking for a way to serve, please don’t hesitate to ask me to help you identify an opportunity that can fit your schedule.

The FBCD Choir will be back again for another season of music ministry. As a Christian community we will be challenged to stand in solidarity with those for whom justice is being denied. It will be important and helpful for us to be together in community as much as possible. As you plan to attend services and events, will you consider family and folk you can invite to join us on a weekly basis? Together, we will continue to rise.

Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to the times ahead as we grow in faith, passion, and numbers.

With resurrection hope, I hope to see you Sunday!


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