It is hard to believe, but this is week three of our virtual worship. I actually moved my livestream home this week. I am still preaching through the lectionary Lenten texts. This morning was the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. I think it is fitting right now that we are reading stories of miraculous healing and resurrection - we all need the reminder and reassurance that we will be redeemed.
It is hard to believe that only a week has passed since our first virtual worship service. It feels like a lifetime has gone by, with information and and situations changing so quickly. We have extended our suspension of in-person worship, activities and programs through Sunday, April 5th (per Governor Baker's orders) and will reassess and likely adjust as that date gets closer.
We are working to get everything online at the church. If you are interested in supporting us financially while our in-person worship in suspended and we aren't collected offerings in worship, you can do so here.
Here is this morning's sermon - I hope it brings you peace and hope. <3
In these times of social distancing, I am grateful for the ability to connect with people through online presence. While it does not replace in-person community (and I know there are those who do not have access that we still need to call!) it was cool to "gather" with my people this morning and to feel like we were still together, in a way.
Here is my sermon. We did a livestream from our closed Facebook group so we were able to share prayer requests. For privacy sake, I edited that part out!
Love you all - stay safe.
I know we are living through crazy and surreal times right now. We, like churches all across the country (and world!), are taking extra precautions right now to protect our community against the Corona Virus. We are following guidelines issued by the United Church of Christ and limiting our human contact, which means engaging in alternative forms of passing of the peace, not having greeting lines and not inviting people to join hands where I would have before (usually the kids hold hands for their prayer at the children's sermon and we hold hands for the benediction). We are asking people to be mindful of their own germs and to not come to church if they are sick - I did notice our attendance was down last week, but I wonder if any of that had to do with the time change as well (zzz).
Anyway - one of the ways worship can still be accessible to my community during this outbreak is through this space! So here is my sermon from Sunday. We are back on the lectionary for Lent and I was preaching out of John.
We kicked off our Lenten season on Sunday in the wilderness with Jesus. I'm back on the lectionary for the time being and we are going to preach through the Gospel thread during Lent. I decided not to talk about temptations this year in looking at this narrative, but about being in the wilderness in general - because I think we all find ourselves there at some point in our lives!
I did preach at our Ash Wednesday service - I referenced it in this sermon. I will post at least the text at some point this week if anyone is interested.