Happy Easter, friends! I hope wherever you are you are home, safe and proclaiming the Good News of Christ's resurrection. It was bittersweet to not be able to worship in person this morning, but I really do believe that now is the time to lean into our faith as we heed the recommendations to stay home so we can flatten the curve.
I love you all. Despite the challenging times we are living through right now, I still believe in the hope of the Easter promise that Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed.
It's so crazy to think that, back when all this started, our plan was to be back in church by this Sunday! My office admin actually called me not long after we moved to virtual worship and asked if she should cancel the palms and I said no, that I didn't think we would actually be back together by then, but that we would find a way to distribute them anyway. Well - we opted not to distribute them. Currently we are entering the worst of things in the northeast and the Deacons and I decided that it was more responsible for us to remind people to stay home than to give anyone another excuse to leave the house. So we adorned our front doors with greens and had our kiddos cut palms out of construction paper and just worked with what we had this year! If you get a chance, I would encourage you to at least watch the gathering music portion of the video - I included hosanna photos and videos people sent me with the music.
Here is my sermon, as well as audio and visual. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.
Love you all.