FROM THE PASTOR


FROM THE PASTOR

As I write this in mid-March, we are considering “how to do church” with the threat of Covid 19 among us.By now you know that we have implemented practices in our worship and activities to prevent the spread of the virus among us.The staff are thinking of ways that we can minister to those in need while in person visitation to hospitals and nursing homes has been curtailed.We are very aware of how we greet one another and spend time with one another as a community of faith.Many are practicing social distancing which goes so against the grain of who we are as the people of God.

There is a level of anxiety woven throughout our city and community.But as a community of faith we are called to keep connected as we can and care for one another.Scripture constantly reminds us that we are not to be afraid, but know that God is with us. The book of James has a word for us in these days:Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.Cleanse your hands…” (James 4:8)Granted the image as the verse goes on is to wash your hands of sin, but it did make me smile that the Bible tells us to wash our hands.We know that God is with us no matter what.If we must socially distance ourselves for a time, we can be assured that God is not distant from us.God draws near and gives hope.

Our hope is in the one who was crucified, buried in a tomb, but who rose again to new life!Death cannot hold our God who is the God of life.You were washed in the waters of baptism and given the life of Christ.It is yours.In these anxious days, know that we are doing what we can to keep all healthy, but know even more so that your God loves you and gives you life.We will gather (either in person or on-line) on April 12th to celebrate that life as we proclaim, “Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

“A blessed Easter to you all! Pastor Siri