When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazarethwho was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” Mark 16:5-7

In the spirit of Easter, while reflecting on Jesus’ ministry in the days of his passion, we offer prayers and supplications for those who suffer, those in need, and those who seek reconciliation. At the Outdoor Church, it is not only our prayers for our community but our continued efforts in confronting numerous challenges, such as food insecurity, spiritual despair, and shelter needs. The ministers and volunteers have labored diligently to address these challenges.

The Outdoor Church continues its commitment to bring the love of God to people who are unhoused, homeless, and living on the margins in Cambridge. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and material support provided by the local church communities. We continue to offer three or more food outreach opportunities during the week, along with our Sunday worship and pastoral care interactions. This expression of help and care is often revealed to us in beautiful moments. Recently, several faith communities have come to Porter Square on Sunday to share not only the love of God but also food and winter clothing items such as scarves, hats, and gloves. This gesture was precisely what the community needed at that moment. Even with the winter waning, a hat, scarf, and gloves are still needed. Our community is continually amazed and grateful for this support, as well as the presence of these faith communities connecting in worship. We were blessed to witness these deep community connections. These connections have inspired us to continue to enhance our connections further in our community and the overall Cambridge community. As a church community, we continue to pray for those who suffer, those in need, and those who seek reconciliation on the street and in shelters. We also pray for those who are no longer physically with us and those who are intimately connected with us.

Our connections with one another often are revealed beyond our socially constructed boundaries. In these moments, we share the joy and love of the Kingdom of God. As we listen to God’s Word together and pray for the in-breaking of God’s kingdom here on earth. We recognize all people’s dignity and follow the commandment to love one another as Christ loves us. We commit to treating those we serve and interacting with respect, love, and compassion. Your encouragement, prayers, and assistance enable us to bring our ministry to the women and men on the streets of Cambridge. The Outdoor Church thanks you for your support. If you feel inclined, you can donate through the DONATE button on the website.