A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Pascha Nostrum

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God
So also consider yourself dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

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Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Pascha Nostrum is a song of praise from the Book of Common Prayer and by tradition is recited daily during the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

It begins and ends with the same word, Alleluia. Alleluia is repeated twice more in the middle.

Alleluia is the Latinized spelling of the Hebrew Hallelujah. Hallelujah is a compound word meaning “Praise be to God!”

Our Easter hymn begins and ends by saying, “Praise be to God.”

I wonder the difference it would make in our lives if we began and ended each day with Alleluia?

I wonder the difference it would make if we, like the hymn, returned thanks twice in-between the start and the end of each day?

I wonder the difference it would make for us to take up the practice of pausing whatever we are doing and giving thanks to God for what we see around us?

A friend once taught me a practice she called “Gaze and Praise.” It is a very simple practice but profoundly impactful, especially when the world seems chaotic.

To Gaze and Praise simply sit for 5 minutes and look at whatever you can see from the window. Use patio, deck, or sun porch in good weather. Be still. Notice what you might not have seen before. Be curious like a child. Be grateful. Take a deep breath and say “Praise be to God” or Alleluia before continuing with your day.

The season of Easter is all about relishing the joy of God’s new creation that has been ushered in by the resurrection of Jesus.

I hope you will relish in the joy of this season by practicing your Alleluias all season long.

And know that one of the things I give praise to God for is you.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
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, please worship with us online 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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