I don't think that I have ever said before: "Please read my sermon!" But I am saying that now. Not because it's brilliant. Not because it will bring you closer to God. (Although who knows!) But because I shared observations about where we are, and where we hope to go, and it will be fruitful if all of us hold these ideas in mind.
If you're strapped for time, here are the highlights:
First, this is a weird, liminal, transition time between pandemic life and whatever comes next. And we are in very different places in this moment: feeling different feelings, needing different things, coping in different ways, and managing risk differently. So it's easy to judge one another, especially in this time when we're all 'weird' from our own grief and loss! And it's understandable to want to rush to "get back to normal" to ease our discomfort (although as my clergy group facilitator said today, "there is no going back.") So let us be gentle and compassionate with one another and with ourselves, as we move forward together, creating our future!
Second, in May we hope to begin two services every Sunday: one outside, and one on Zoom. This is not ideal, but will allow for different needs to be met during this weird time. Meanwhile, we're working towards "hybrid worship": in-person in the sanctuary, which is Zoomed to those at home. We cannot say exactly when these "hybrid services" will begin- it will depend on vaccinations, covid numbers and variants, and our own technological readiness.
Good people, we are the Body of Christ! So when one of us celebrates, we all celebrate! And when one of us hurts, we all hurt! So we shall gently usher one another through this weird time, knowing that we shall remain connected, creative and faithful. Thanks to each and every one of you for your ongoing participation, prayers, trust, energy, openness and care for one another!!
Read Sunday's full message here.