It is hard to believe, but April is ending and May is soon upon us. And, as the saying goes, April has truly showered us with many blessings that undoubtedly will blossom into a fruitful May. So, before we turn the page on the calendar, let me express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Calvary staff and many volunteers who worked extremely hard in our behalf, especially with our Passion Week events. We had a wonderful Palm Sunday with a fun-filled Easter Eggstravaganza for our children and their families. Our choir led us in a reverent and meaningful Maundy Thursday ceremony, and our worship leaders put together two fantastic worship services for Easter Sunday. It was a great day of worship and celebration, complete with exciting baptisms of two very special youth.
Now, as we look forward to May, we can prepare our hearts for spiritual growth and fruit. May will bring some more baptism celebrations to the Calvary family, some baby dedications on Mother’s Day, a celebration of our high school graduating seniors, and a new sermon series for the summer. As our spring small groups take a break in the middle of May, we will conclude our first half of Discipleship Essentials. This valuable study will resume in the fall. In the meantime, we will look forward to a summer preaching series on the book of James. James is a New Testament book full of God’s thoughts on practical discipleship. This biblical letter provides advice for everyday life struggles with topics on dealing with trials, overcoming temptations, bridling the tongue, living peacefully with others, being patient in suffering, making sure that our faith is producing good works, and many other practical life lessons. I believe that we can all use a dose of James’ hands-on Christianity that will serve as a great complement to our discipleship focus.
So remember, April showers bring May flowers. Calvary, let’s enjoy April’s showers of blessings that will undoubtedly blossom into May’s flowers bearing spiritual fruit in our lives.
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