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As the vibrant colors of spring will soon burst forth and the fragrance of flowers begins to fill the air, we are reminded of the beauty of new life and the promise of renewal. In this season of resurrection, we’ll be initiating a spiritual awakening, exploring the theme of “Return to the Garden” in our post-Easter worship series.

Just as the earth awakens from its winter slumber, the early church experienced a profound awakening after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Acts and the letters of Paul, we witness the emergence of a community rooted in love, faith, and radical transformation. Like tender shoots breaking through the soil, the believers of the early church began to grow and flourish, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad. Let my beloved come to his garden that he may eat its choicest fruits.

Song of Songs 4:16

The imagery of a garden evokes a sense of nurturing, cultivation, and abundance. In the same way, God cultivates our hearts and minds, transforming us into vessels of love and grace. As we delve into the stories of Acts and the teachings of Paul, we can be reminded of the importance of tending to the garden of our souls, nurturing our faith and allowing it to blossom.

As a gardener carefully tends to each plant, God tenderly cares for God’s children, guiding us along the path of spiritual growth and renewal. As we journey through this post-Easter season, may we open our hearts to the transforming power of God’s love, allowing it to take root and flourish within us. Let’s return to the garden of our faith, embracing the beauty of new beginnings and the promise of resurrection life.

May God’s peace find you today.  -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of the garden, as we embark on this journey of spiritual renewal, may your love nurture our souls like a garden being prepared for the season to come. Help us grow in faith and bear fruit for the sake of the world. Amen.