Pastor Elizabeth Coffey


I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)


Dear Friends and Members of the Brownville Community Church,

As I pastor I often feel I am living with one foot in the moment and the other foot one or two weeks ahead of myself.  

Sometime when I step into the pulpit on Sunday morning,  my mind is also traveling on to next week’s lesson--I am both preaching the Good News that is now, and anticipating what is still yet to come.

As I write this morning, big March winds are blowing through Bangor and another big storm is headed Brownville’s way, and I am feeling a bit Sunday morning-ish.  As sure as this winter will not last forever and spring will indeed arrive, we know that come Easter morning we will once again be singing “Alleluia, Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”

Easter Sunday is the day when past, present, and future come together and worldwide we worship together with Christians everywhere as the one great Church Universal.  It is the Sunday of the year I most look forward to, as I firmly step with both feet into the pulpit and worship with you.

The cycle of the church’s year revolves around the two great axis events--Christmas and Easter--with Easter being the older of the two.  Tied from the beginning to Passover, the holy day continued to be called Pasch until the late first century.  As the Christian community became more Gentile (and less Jewish) the community chose to celebrate Easter on a Sunday instead of continuing to tie it calendar-wise to Passover.  Celebrating Easter on Sunday both ties us to our Jewish roots, and points us forward to the “new thing” that sprang forth for us and the world on that glorious resurrection Sunday.

As I have traveled around Piscatiquis country and visited in many of your homes this winter, Easter joy and hope have abounded.  Your love for each other and faithfulness in your walk with Jesus, demonstrates an amazing capacity for understanding the power of forgiveness, redemption, and new life.  I have witnessed disagreements that were let go of, hurts that were released, and relationships the grew in surprising ways as result. 

May Resurrection joy fill you with hope this
Easter season.

Alleluia, Alleluia!  Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Blessings,
Pastor Elizabeth

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.