Congregational Church of Jefferson Park

Pastor’s Message

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Pastor Gayle’s Reflections

March 2018

The closer we get to Holy Week and Easter, the more seriously we ought to consider how far we will go in following Jesus: Are we willing to follow him to the cross? To the tomb? Or do we really just want to skip to Easter morning? And what might the “cross,” “tomb,” and “Easter” look like in our everyday lives? Do we really stop to think about what it means to follow Christ, who speaks the truth of God’s inclusive love so openly and boldly that it gets him killed? Who invariably sides with those society seeks to marginalize, even when it makes him a target for the political and religious establishments of the day? Do we join him in challenging the status quo, in order to benefit the greater good and generations to come? Are we really willing to accept the cost of following Jesus?

Consider these questions as we move through the remainder of Lent. Determine where your heart leads, and pray for the courage to follow.



  • Open Sanctuary: Lenten Reflection & Recreation continues through Wed., March 28th. All are invited to join me in our sanctuary for prayer, reflection, meditative coloring, walking meditation, or just plain walking. I play a variety of music during the sessions, ranging from contemporary folk, to Bach, to Christian, to lots of music composed by our pianist-composer Phil Orem. The sanctuary will be open to the public Mondays from Noon-1PM, and Wednesdays from 5:30PM-7:30PM.
  • Sunday, March 25: Palm/Passion Sunday, beginning with the Procession of the Palms and including the premiere of a new choral work by our own Phil Orem
  • Thursday, March 29: Maundy Thursday will be marked with a simple soup supper beginning at 6:30PM and a worship service at 7:30PM, both in Mayflower Hall
  • Sunday, April 1: EASTER – two services including communion, breakfast, and more! Look for details in the mail!