Dear Schweitzer Friends,

Song of Songs 2.11-12
Look, the winter is past,
   and the rains are over and gone.
The flowers are springing up,
   the season of singing birds[c] has come,
   and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.

As a boy, I would listen to WJR radio, out of Detroit, to the Tiger’s baseball games. Ernie Harwell, hall of fame broadcaster, would greet the opening day festivities with this reading from Song of Songs. It certainly describes the events happening around us in nature. The Song of Songs also employs multiple meanings; within its context this is an invitation of God to rise up from the winter and come away to a fruitful season. A season of planting seeds of righteousness for the expectation of enjoying a harvest of truth, goodness, and beauty. As spring breaks forth may you hear God’s invitation to rise up and come away into your next step of following Jesus.

This year Schweitzer will be hosting TWO Good Friday services in the Outreach Center at 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Join us as we journey with Jesus through a modern rendering of the stations of the cross.

Join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

Run for the Son happens April 15th at Campbell United Methodist Church. The run is 10k, 5k, and 1 mile run/walk. Proceeds will benefit the preschools at Campbell, Wesley UMC, and Grow To Know. You can register online at www.actnowracing.com. I am looking forward to running!

Thank you for your prayers and presence in so many of the ministries at Schweitzer. The other night I was walking through the building and four different events were happening, all of them in some way focused on growing in God’s good design for us, for the community, for the world. As we continue to follow Jesus, let’s rejoice in all the life God is bringing about today.

Pastor Jason Leininger

© 2017 Schweitzer United Methodist Church
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