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Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18
Greetings in Christ’s name!
I hope this finds you doing as well as possible. This new way of life is requiring all kinds of adjustments that feel strange and unusual…and some of it feels downright rotten. Keeping distance from people at a grocery store is one thing, but keeping distance from the ones you love most is disheartening and just plain old sad.
So, I have been trying to look for beauty during these days, hoping that by noticing beautiful things, my heart will rise in thanksgiving to God. I’ve enjoyed watching worship services at the National Cathedral, seeing cardinals on my bird feeder, and noticing the deep color of green in my lawn and trees. Each time (well, ok, most times) I notice such beautiful things, I stop to thank God. Perhaps the practice of gratitude for the things we enjoy will help us stay hopeful during these days. So, if you can, name things for which you’re thankful every day!
I want to remind you of the invitations on our web site that give you a chance to participate in different worship experiences throughout the week. There are videos posted for children, information about youth “gatherings” and also prayer meeting invitations.
Will you also join me in prayer for Family Promise, the homeless ministry with which we partner and participate? Our week of hosting is coming up beginning April 5. Pray for healthy and adequate volunteers as well as for our facilities to function well during the week. If you’re willing, pray also for our Stewards Committee that is meeting soon in order to make financial plans for our church’s future. Like all of us, they are seeking God’s guidance and leadership through these unusual days.
Christ’s peace to you,