I know it’s the first week of Spring. I know we are days away from Easter. I know outdoor temperatures are beginning to tap the 80’s, but it feels like Christmas to me! (And not just because we sang Christmas carols during worship this past Sunday!) I’m feeling the excited anticipation that Christmas Eve typically brings.

This Friday at 7:00pm, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina will be gathered for worship here at First Baptist Greenville. Amy Joye (vocalist) and Matt Olson (saxophonist) will open the hour of worship with Veni Creator Spiritus. Rev. Joy Yee (pastor, Nineteenth Avenue Baptist Church, San Francisco) will be preaching. The Sanctuary and platform will be filled with fellow Baptists from sister CBF churches throughout our state. It’s going to be a great hour of worship.

This Sunday, our Sanctuary Choir will present portions of Mendelssohn’s Elijah during the morning worship hour. This musical event will be the capstone of our sermonic journey through the life of Elijah during this Lenten season.

In less than two weeks, Holy Week begins. The children will process with palms down the aisles of our Sanctuary for Palm Sunday. We will gather on Maundy Thursday in the Parlor to share the bread, wine and words of holy communion. We will gather in Carpenter Chapel on Good Friday for the reading of the crucifixion story. These holy scriptures will be interspersed with selections from the Bach cello suites performed by Christopher Hutton (Furman University professor of cello). Then, of course, we will celebrate the holiest day of the Christian year – Easter Sunday.

I know it’s still March, but it sure feels like Christmas to me. A beautiful collection of gifts are being presented to us in the coming days. I hope you will receive and enjoy them all.

— Jim