Centerport United Methodist Church
The Pastor's message comes from the May issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.


     I have to tell you, my head is spinning.  Every time I think I know what I am supposed to be feeling, life seems to throw another curve ball.  Emotionally, I have found myself all over the map during these past few months.  I have gone from some major highs to some not so nice lows.  And I know that I am not alone.

      We have all been going through some really exciting times and some really difficult times.  We have joined in the promises of baptism, journeyed through Lent and Holy Week, celebrated the new life in our church, and offered congratulations to so many, while many others have experienced pain, illness, and remembered others who have gone on to be in their eternal home. 

      As I write this article in spring, I look out my window and still see some bare trees.  But I hear the birds chirping, I see the green grass and see the flowers blooming.  Spring is here and we see all the new life that comes this season - longer days, trees and flowers bringing beautiful color to our lives again.  Our world is changing right before our eyes.  In fact, the one thing that has remained a constant here at Centerport United Methodist Church is change.  There has been quite a bit of change over these last years.  Change is the one thing that constantly happens in our lives.  And one thing is for sure, change will continue.

      Holy Week in itself was a week full of change, full of contrasting experiences and moods; the triumphant processional of Palm Sunday; sharing the Last Supper with each other around the table; nailing our confessions together on the cross; and finally experiencing the resurrection of our Risen Lord.  What a very special Holy Week it was!  And I am so happy that so many of you came to experience Christ in a new way each service.  Our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were so full!  And I pray that each one of us were touched by God in a new way. 

      I would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to so many who helped in the preparations for each service.  There was quite a bit of transition and change needed to create the image of each service.   Easter Sunday, we saw the empty tomb and the flowers all around our sanctuary.  Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, indeed!

      In this season of Easter, let us not only welcome the love of Christ into our hearts, but let us welcome change, the new life Christ has in store for all of us.  Whatever this change may be, let us welcome our new life together.  I am so excited to see what God has in store for us!



           ~Pastor Roy

Pastor Roy at the Blessing of the Animals service.