Last Sunday's worship service was very invigorating for me. We had about forty people in the sanctuary, not counting Samsun, our guest musician Kristine Pacheco-Bernt, Kirk Grier and myself. Now, I know that forty is a small number of people in comparison to where we were in 2019, but I consider it a lot of people at this stage in our recovery from the shutdown. I am very encouraged and look forward to a gradual return to full in-person worship over time.
If you are considering returning to in-person worship but aren't quite sure yet, take your time. You might think about just walking around the campus if it's been a while since you have been here. Or, if you have gotten really comfortable watching the recorded service when it is convenient (or in your pajamas), I'd suggest that you might try getting up and watching at 9:30 am, or dressing in your usual church clothes---just as a practice. A year is a long time to develop habits and returning to in-person worship means changing habits again. Some of you may not feel the motivation for it and that is okay. However, I would add that everyone who was here on Sunday remarked how nice it was to be in the sanctuary. It is energizing to see people in person and to sit in the sanctuary and pray in the space. The power of the community is strong.
This week it has felt like all the activity of church has started again. People are coming by during the week, committees are meeting in person again, there is a vibrant energy in the air. The Spirit is moving and stirring things up after a long period of quiet. Refreshed, renewed, and restored---I am excited to see what the next year will bring.
Yours in Christ,
For May 30 Worship
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ADULT EDUCATION. This Sunday we will continue the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice” with a question-and-answer segment from the event about the first two lectures by Dr. Crossan and Professor Rieger. There are many interesting questions including about Jesus’ family’s economic circumstances, how we understand the saying that “Jesus is the only way,” the nature of resistance to the Roman Empire, the status of Jews in the Roman Empire and others. Please Join us Sunday right after Coffee Hour at 11 AM on Zoom!