A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother,
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom
he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman,
here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your
mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. — John 19:25-27

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Mary, the mother of Jesus appears twice in the Gospel of John.

The first time is in John 2:1-12 when Jesus turns the water into wine, the first of his signs.

The second and last time is here at the foot of the cross, when his glory is revealed.

When he sees her, he says, “Woman, here is your son.”

Then, to the beloved disciple, he says, “Here is your mother.”

From the cross, as he reveals his glory and the depth of God’s love, Jesus also reveals that God is creating a new family at the foot of the cross.

This family, God’s family, is not defined by blood nor will God’s family be defined by race, or ethnicity, or nationality.

God’s family is all who kneel at the foot of the cross and seek grace, forgiveness, and life.

One of the earliest creeds of the Church is found in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Sadly, there is still much division along lines of race, ethnicity, and nationality today.

As we stand at the foot of the cross, let us remember that in his death Christ gave birth to a new family that transcends all differences and gathers into one all the peoples of the earth.

At the cross, we all are one.

So that we may discover and live out our membership in Christ’s multicultural family let us pray:

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
How We Can Best Love Each Other
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.

While meetings on campus are suspended, please worship with us online via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

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.

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.



  • 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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