A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Sunday afternoon I discovered a beautiful medieval hymn.
 
The hymn was written by one of the great English theologians, Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109). As I read, I remembered the words of Jesus in Matthew 23:27.
 
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Matthew 23:37)
 
Jesus is lamenting the stubbornness of the religious leaders to grasp and live the ethics of the Kingdom of God. His frustration is in their inability, or their unwillingness, to see that what God desires is the transformation of the human heart. God’s dream is for human hearts of stone to become hearts of flesh. Hearts beating beating with love for God and neighbor.
 
Jesus’ frustration culminates in the evocative words,  “How often I have desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.”
 
Anselm echoes this motherly language and imagines Jesus in the role.
 
Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;  
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.
 
Often you weep over our sins and our pride,  
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.
 
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds,  
in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.
 
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life;  
by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy.
 
Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;  
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
 
Your warmth gives life to the dead,  
your touch makes sinners righteous.
 
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;  
in your love and tenderness remake us.
 
In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness, 
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.
— Anselm of Canterbury
 
I invite you to spend some time today praying through this ancient hymn.
 
Allow the imagery to fuel your imagination and let the tender mother love of Jesus enfold you and make you whole.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
Help Us Continue Our Ministry
Even though our campus is closed, the ministry of Broadmoor United Methodist is still moving forward.

We are worshiping on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. via livestream , caring for our congregation through prayers and phone calls, feeding those in need at Red Stick Together, and helping parents minister to their children in this unprecedented time.

During this time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings as an expression of love and gratitude to God for his many gifts and to support the ministries of your church. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the church still needs your financial support, which makes our ministry possible.

There are three ways you can give safely at this time :

1. Text to give

2. Give online

3. Mail your gift to the church, 10230 Mollylea Dr.,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Please check out our new, updated GIVING page here for more information on how to support the ministries of Broadmoor .


You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
How We Can Best Love Each Other
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending public events during the 14-day incubation period.

WORSHIP
While meetings on campus are suspended, you can worship from the comfort of your home via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AND SMALL GROUPS
Adult Sunday School classes and small groups are invited to continue the church-wide study of The Covenant: A Lenten Journey . The self-guided curriculum can be found here . You can do this study with your family from the comfort of your kitchen table.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Our congregational care team remains committed to offering excellent care to our congregation but is suspending in-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes. If you get sick, have a death in the family, or have another emergency, please call the church office at 225-924-6269 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the pastor on call.

Please use this form if you have additional questions about Broadmoor United Methodist’s response to the coronavirus. You can also call Mary Saltzman at 225-924-6269.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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