One year ago at this time we had just changed the message sign from closed until March 26 to closed until April 15. We had to change that date a couple more times after that.
One year ago a small group of us were preparing online worship for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. In fact we recorded all three of these videos on the same evening.
It was worship. It raised up the sacred events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. And I know from the viewership statistics these services were seen by many. The one video, for Easter Day, had over 500 views.
It was worship. But it was empty of the personal sights and expressions that only a worshipping community can provide. It will be different this year. We will be together, both in person and online. While the necessary safety precautions of masks and distancing must continue, our sacred time of Holy Week will be different than last year. Many of you are able to be present while some others must still continue to view from their homes. Everyone will give thanks to Jesus for his selfless act of grace, which we worship and celebrate during all of Holy Week. His example of care for the neighbor is an example we must keep in the front of our minds. It is through such care, that the message sign will once again read something like: We’re wide open. Don’t hesitate. You are welcome. Sit anywhere you like (or something like that).
Clifton D. Eshbach,
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I’m writing this article on a Monday afternoon, just a couple hours after receiving my first vaccination dose. It is exciting to hear from so many of you who have started or completed the vaccination regimen. I hope all of you can be scheduled soon. God has blessed us with skillful medical professionals who, along with our ability to use safe practices, begin the process to a healthier day. Thanks be to God!