Promises in a Season of Change
(Posted May 13, 2022)
As I sit here today, it looks like it’s snowing outside. The wind is disturbing the blossoms of an old apple tree around the corner, and petals are flying on the breeze past my window. While I always feel wistful when the blossoms fade, the snow shower of petals reminds us of their past beauty and of future apples.
Those blossoms remind me of life around First Church at the moment, in a season of change.
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This Sunday is Anniversary Sunday, when we celebrate our longtime members, and recall how this congregation literally rose from the ashes of its fourth meeting house to create our home here on Deer Hill Avenue.
It is reaffirming to be among the people with the longest memory of our mutual experience as a congregation. At the same time it brings up a sense of remembrance, especially in this year when we have lost Cindy Tyrseck, Betty Buccino and, just yesterday, we learned of the passing of Carolyn Wagner. All three were such active members, integral parts of the circle of First Church saints, that always remains unbroken, and like petals on the breeze, have returned to be with the ones they loved who have gone ahead of them.
Betty’s service took place earlier last year. Cindy Tyrseck’s memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., while Carolyn’s family is planning a private columbarium service in Ridgefield during the summer.
It was the great Protestant Founder and Pastor, Martin Luther, who said something that we all ought to keep close to our hearts as we both celebrate and remember:
“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”
May God give you that assurance on every Spring breeze this year.