Pastor Graham’s Message for April

grahambairdDear GPC Family,
Do you ever feel like life is lived somewhere in the quick transition between the changing of the seasons? It seems like we were just singing “For Auld Lang Syne” (New
Year’s Eve), and now we are all singing, “April, Come She Will” (Simon and Garfunkel).
King Solomon, in the book Song of Songs, gives us some beautiful verses about the passing of the season of winter into spring; “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is
over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” (Song of Songs 2:11-12).
This spring will be a very exciting time at GPC. Here are few important details:
Easter Baptisms
Last Sunday, I put out the call to anyone who wants to be baptized, or who was baptized a long time ago in a faith tradition that doesn’t mean anything to you anymore, to be baptized on Easter. It is interesting to note that the early church conducted all of their baptisms on Easter. The reason for this was because the early Christians wanted
to draw a direct line between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, our own covenant of baptism, and our own promise of eternity in Christ. So far, we have three baptisms planned for Easter. But there is still time. If you have never been baptized or would like to be baptized again, please let me know, and we will include you in this very special covenant. Please let us know sometime before Holy Week☺.
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday this year is on April 9. This year we will feature, as we have done in the past, a real live mule that will ride around our church courtyard before the service. If you have a neighbor who has not been to church in a long time, here is your chance to invite them to this very special worship service.
Maundy Thursday
We will have a “Taize” worship service Maundy Thursday service on the Thursday of Holy Week. Taize music comes from a special “Taize community” in France that includes both Catholic and Protestants. It is a powerful kind of contemplative music. This year, we have invited St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara to join us for this service. Pastor Brett Becker and I and other leaders of both congregations will conduct this service together. The service will be at 7:00PM, and will include communion, and will last just one hour.
Easter Sunday
This year’s Easter service will be just as special as the rest. We will have an inspirational sermon message entitled; “To Overcome All Things”. The theme of the message is that in Christ, we are all able to overcome all things, even death. If you have something that you need to overcome in your life, or you know someone who does, this service is for you! Also, we will have a special – “Flowering of the Cross” after the service, where people are invited to put their flower on the cross as a symbol of our love for Christ’s sacrifice for us. 

Happy spring!
In Christ,
Graham