Alka's Angle April 1, 2022

Dear Broadway Family,

Today is the first day of April - April 1st, also known as ‘April Fools Day,’ the day when folk, all around the world, play tricks on each other, but does anyone know how this day started? Interestingly no one seems to know how, when or where it started. There are many speculations but among all of that, one thing we do know is that April Fools Day dates back to at least renaissance Europe, but it may have originated long before then. According to NPR, “Some historians have linked April Fools Day to the ancient Roman festival of “Hilaria,” where at the end of March, people would come together to commemorate the resurrection of the god Attis. It is a celebration of the renewal in which revelers would dress up in disguise and imitate others.” Others believe that it could have started in the 16th century when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, but some believe that it may go as far back as the story of the floods and Noah’s Ark in Old Testament book of Genesis. The London Public Advertiser of March 13, 1769 shared, "The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch.”

However this day may have started, and however some may use this day to play tricks on family and friends, and even though the weather also may seem to be playing tricks on us, I am grateful that our God plays no tricks but continues to call us and call us beloved! We may be vulnerable sometimes and weak, but that doesn't disqualify us from God’s favor.

 

This Sunday we will be acknowledging our fragility as humans and name it as a part of who we are, so that we can move towards acceptance of who we are and whose we are.

 

And looking ahead to the Holy Week - join us for our Maundy Thursday (April 14th) and Good Friday (April 15th) worship services at 7pm in the Sanctuary. On Easter Sunday (April 17th) we will start our SONrise service at the Lake around 5:45am and together welcome the sun around 6:07am. We will live-cast these services on Facebook ONLY. Zoom will NOT be available for these days. We invite you to use this link to register for our traditional Easter BRUNCH at 9:30am, and later join us in the Sanctuary for the Easter Sunday worship.

Beloveds, let us continue to remind ourselves that sometimes it might feel that God or life is playing tricks on us, and we might find ourselves in a vulnerable place - but God is always besides us suffering with us, struggling with us, and in time strengthening us to be who we are being called to be, reminding us that we are good enough in that moment, and for that moment. Let us continue to pray for one another, care for self, and never feel forced to do anything that is not life giving for us. Let us continue to do our part in making this world a just and safer place for all God’s people! And remember God loves you and so do I, and I look forward to seeing you in worship.

 

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