30 Mar From the Pastor’s Desk
Our experiment with hybrid worship is officially off the ground and all things considered, it went very well indeed. It was exciting to have people back in the sanctuary waving palms on Palm Sunday. It was a delight to have Children’s Time with a child I could actually see! It lifted my spirits to hear voices singing, muffled though they were through masks. And it was joyous beyond description to have some of my faith family back together again.
Our rollout towards hybrid worship started small which was a good thing. We did have a few snags and that will continue to be the case as more and more folks receive the vaccine and feel comfortable returning to the sanctuary for worship. Thank you again for your patience and grace as we make this transition. And for those who continue to worship safely at home, please know that we are working as hard as possible to make sure we all have a worship experience that allows us to encounter in meaningful ways the God who loves us.
One of those ways will occur this week as we observe Holy Week. I urge you to take advantage of our virtual Stations of the Cross which will be available beginning Thursday morning. Whether you do the stations all at once or spread them out over Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, I trust that this unique presentation will be a gift to you as you move deeper into Holy Week and towards the joyful celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
Please know that as we approach Easter, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for you. Thank you for your endurance and perseverance over the past thirteen months. Thank you for your faithfulness to be the church through this uncertain, often chaotic year. Thank you for tuning in, reaching out, and praying. And thank you, God, for bringing redemption and new life out of the long months of physical separation. Brothers and sisters, Easter is coming and with it, the sure and certain hope of Christ’s power at work in our lives. Hallelujah!
Yours for the Kingdom,