God and Christ never change.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

God’s steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 107:1)

Yes, it is true. The love of God and the love of Christ are always with us and with the world. God and Christ never change. The same is not true of our lives. We encounter changes all the time. Some of these changes can be joyous. The birth of a baby! A wedding! A graduation! Spring finally arriving! And here at the Federated Church we are going to see our youth being Confirmed on Sunday, May 15 – this is a big and wonderful spiritual moment of change in their lives! I hope you will make a special effort to come to church on May 15 – Pentecost! – to give support to young people for their Confirmation. And I also hope you will come on Sunday, May 1, to hear our young people preach in what promises to be a multi-media experience.

But as we all know, sometimes changes can be difficult and painful. We are going through a time of change here at the church in our music leadership. We are looking for a new music director to succeed Betty Kelly, for whose years of service we give thanks. I invite you then to read the text of my sermon from Sunday, April 17. It is printed in this Parish Visitor. The sermon addresses many of the questions and concerns that you have about this leadership change.

Even amidst all the changes of our lives, the ministry of this church is as full and busy as ever. So we hope you will participate in our festive International Dinner on May 1, and take in many of the other May programs.

Whether celebrating a joyous change, or enduring a sad one, let us always remember:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

God’s steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 107:1)

Sally

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The Federated Church
of Orleans

162 Main Street, PO Box 761,

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