Saturday, March 26, 2016
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread...
Jesus came, took bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
John 21: 9, 13-14 NIV
Sunday, March 20, 2016
This year is the 6th anniversary of a sister church that we started in a nearby town. We asked some of our members to leave their cozy home church and embark on a new adventure. At first, they met in the library of the local high school. Now, they rent the town hall for Sunday mornings.
Many churches in our area are dwindling. Why is ours growing?
Is it our pastor? Is he some charismatic preacher - No. Does he have a wonderful, warm personal manner? No. Is he really smart? No. Is he full of energy? No -he has a chronic illness that makes him tired much of the time.
So is it the congregation? Are they charismatic, warm, energetic, smart? Do they organize lots of engaging activities? No, no and no.
What we do have is a pastor who believes that it is God's church and his parishioners are God's people that he has a responsibility to nurture and equip. And we, parishioners, also believe it is God's church, not our church, and that our job is to love and care for each other. We also feel it is our responsibility to encourage and support our pastor. We talk a lot about forgiveness and strive to walk the talk. We try to be slow to anger, and quick to be kind. We embrace the love that God has given to us. We are happy to have a haven.
It's Palm Sunday. Hosanna!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
We didn't get a lot of snow this winter, and we have already had a couple of meltdowns so there won't be much spring run-off to enjoy.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It is mild today and I thought I would try to get some photos of the finches. Unfortunately, they are very skittish, and I had to resort to taking pictures from the doorway of the house which is quite a distance from the feeders. Hence, the fuzzy photos. I was happy to see that a male and female purple finch were at the feeder.
And this is what they sound like!
(The creaky sound is just the screen door.)
Sunday, March 6, 2016
The lettuces I planted in January have been doing their best to grow in challenging conditions, and some of the leaves are big enough to warrant picking.
A big flock of goldfinches has been frequenting our bird feeders, and yesterday I spotted a purple finch in among them. This morning I saw two purple finches and heard them singing a lovely spring song. Yesterday, I also saw a group of 4 robins. Perhaps they never went south, or they were early birds in the northern migration.
We don't have a lot of snow, so the snowdrops should be visible soon.
Yeah, for spring!