Moderator's Musings by Jo Gustafson

At the time of this writing, we did not know where or when we would meet for our Easter service. [Confirmed: Easter Sunday at 1:30PM at Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church –ed.] The unknown causes anxiousness and concern. Individual agendas cloud the bigger picture: Easter is coming and with it the good news that Jesus has risen—yet again!

In the midst of chaos we can find balance and security in scriptures. Acts 2:42 says “The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers.”

Especially during times when we are desperate to fix or figures things out, turning off our hamster-wheel-spinning brains and sitting in silence will often bring unexpected answers. Then again, we may not receive any messages. Yet we are calmer for having simply taken the time to sit and listen.

We wait. We wait for our interim. What will he/she be like? What will change? Can we open our hearts and truly welcome her/him in? What if people leave? How will we pay for our new building? Fear and doubt are our unwanted and often unspoken companions.

The early church, especially after Jesus’ death, was filled with this kind of unrest. Turning their minds back to God gave them peace. And soon...“they praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

I pray we sink deeply into the love and compassion of the living Christ. May our doubts be lifted and may our joys be contagious!

On behalf of all the board, we wish you a Happy Easter.