Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.Prince
Generally, I would quote the Prince of Peace, but today I think Prince will serve us well. Beloved, we are certainly here, together, to get through this. And so, I wish to share a few things related to how this body of Christ is staying connected and helping one another.
Church, we’re near the end of Lent and about to begin Holy Week. And yet for many nothing about our current situation seems to conjure up the anticipation and hope that comes with next week. Nearly forty days ago I encouraged you to participate in Lent. As one person recently put it, this has been the Lentiest Lent we have ever Lented; indeed, it has.
Many of us are under stay-at-home orders. Others are essential personnel and are risking their lives going into work. Many of us are anxious, perhaps not knowing where money for rent and groceries will come. Some of us have underlying health conditions that make us more susceptible to COVID-19. And the list of worries goes on. For those who are working from home I wish to remind you that you are not working from home (or simply continuing to work), but you are home during a crisis trying to work. I think this is an important distinction to make as our minds are busy grappling with our current situation.
Therefore, I believe prayer is in order. A reminder that we are meeting through Zoom to greet one another and pray each Sunday at 11AM. The link for the meeting will remain the same until June, please click here – and if you do not have access to a smart phone or computer please join us by dialing (301) 715-8592 and entering the meeting number 766-90-1652.
Next, I would like to announce we’re beginning a Bible Study through Zoom starting next Wednesday April 8 at 6pm EST. It’ll last about an hour. We’ll be going through the book of Galatians, chapter by chapter. If you would like to join, please feel free to read Galatians 1 and be ready to discuss. All are welcome to join, and I look forward to seeing your wonderful faces and hearing your gracious voices. I will send the Zoom meeting info for the Bible study this coming Monday April 6.
Daily Quarantine Questions
For a bit of pragmatic application, I wish to share these daily questions adapted from Rev. Linda Couser Barnette. These are daily questions to ask yourself to help you take it one day at a time and keep yourself balanced.
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
- What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
- How am I getting outside (if possible) today?
- How am moving my body today?
- What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
- How I am speaking to God today? Did I either thank, confess, lament, petition, or say whatever I need to say?
I encourage you to try and answer these questions each day as you are able. Please remember to practice self-care as you care for one another.
Finally, this Sunday is Palm Sunday. Customarily across the globe Christians gather in their places of worship to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Many of us would take home the palms we would receive during this service. Since most churches across the globe are being loving, wise, and prudent by not gathering, there is a movement happening where Christians are being asked to place some sort of leaf, branch, palm, etc. on their door or window. Though we may not be able to have the procession of the palms in person we can still celebrate this day at home with our neighbors. In case you don’t have access to a leaf, branch, palm, etc. here is a template of some palms for you and yours to print and color as you’d like and use for Palm Sunday.
I am praying for you and look forward to seeing you during our prayer meeting this Sunday. Beloved, with God’s grace we are here to get through this together.