Spring Message from Pastor Mary

Dear MCC Friend,
As we enter the month of April, I am reminded of one of my very favorite Scripture passages. It is found in Song of Solomon, 2:11-12. “11…now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Okay, so maybe to really fit where we live, it should say snow instead of rain, but I think we all get the message. Once again the
seasons turn, and spring finally comes. I think what touches my spirit in this passage is the “time of singing” and the “voice of the turtledove.” There is little that can raise my spirits faster than the songs of the birds in the early spring. They announce that winter is over, even when the buds are still hiding.

With their songs, hope springs anew. Isaiah writes, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Do we perceive that God
is about to do a new thing? We have been given a tremendous gift of a new facility to add to our beautiful building that is so beloved. How fitting that now we will have a brick building along with the wood one. Why is
that fitting?

After Easter, I will be preaching a series on the book of Nehemiah. This Old
Testament book is all about bricks. It is the story of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem, and is helpful in our understanding of our call to rebuild
faith communities in Orange, empowering them to bring healing to those in need here. April includes the last few weeks of the season of Lent and finally leads up to Easter Sunday near the end of the month. Lent is a time of preparation, and so we too will get ready for our journey ahead. Let us be committed to making these last few weeks of Lent a time of deep prayers for God’s leading and provision for our future. I can’t wait to see the new
thing that He does, can you?

Blessings, Pastor Mary