I don’t know about you, but I feel as if I’ve wandered into some strange science fiction novel or movie. Never in a thousand years would you have been able to convince me that a time was coming when we would be having our Easter service exclusively online, that the orders for the Easter Lilies would be canceled and our church doors closed on one of the most important days of the Church year. And yet, here we are.
As you know, both State and Federal authorities, as well as Bishop Jung, are asking that we comply with the “safer at home “ orders. I’m sure that you’ve read recent stories of Church Choirs who continued to practice and are now decimated by the Covid-19 virus. We do not want that to happen in our church community.
So, we are finding ourselves having to explore what it means to finally become a fully 21st Century Church by going electronic in both worship and perhaps in giving as well, while at the same time learning what it means to be a 1st Century church that was home based and not centered in beautiful buildings.
The Good News is that Easter is eternal, that every Sunday is a smaller remembrance of the victory Christ won over sin and death. We can celebrate that victory at home just as easily as in Church, because true worship takes place in our hearts, and that worship can just as easily be at home around your kitchen table, or outside under blue skies.
I look forward to seeing you all in Church on the other side of this unique time. Know that you are in my prayers and that I am only a phone call away. We will get through this together, and I pray we will have a magnificent Pentecost celebration together.
May God continue to bless and protect you