April Ministers’ Message from Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter:
Easter is a favorite of mine. The story is rich with mystery, betrayal, struggles, freedom, and joy.
The characters of the story are distinctive and unpredictable. The journey of the main character takes us on a rollercoaster and a spiritual path that is instructive. We reinterpret the Easter story from traditional understandings to see what metaphors teach us about life. On Thursday before Easter we hold our Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae service which is a dramatic and deeply moving service of open communion (open to all who wish to take it) in honor of the last supper, and then the reading of the betrayal of Jesus. The service begins in the bright lights of the sanctuary and ends in the dark. This evening is preparation for the joy of Sunday where we celebrate rebirth in all forms.
April will bring spring and all manner of things. The poet said of April,
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
~ T.S. Eliot from The Wasteland
I don’t know if it is the cruelest, but it may bring memory and desire and stir in us movement of the soul, or so we can hope.