Dear Church,

As I write to you, circumstances are changing at a dizzying pace. It’s hard to keep up with the latest recommendations and bans and risk levels and grocery shortages. And yet, I am reminded that God is steady…and steadfast. The rhythms of life that God’s people have held for centuries are an anchor in days like this. How are you tapping into that rhythm? On a daily basis, this could be a season to start a new practice—try beginning the day in quiet with God, or journaling some prayers. Weekly, we are still gathering for worship, albeit in new, electronic ways. Last week we counted some 300 people who were blessed by the opportunity to “see” one another through our live worship time—we hope you’ll join us again for that special time this Sunday.

And the season of Lent marches on. Lent is often portrayed as a season in the wilderness—boy, that rings true now, more than ever before. We are picking back up with our series on the Spiritual Work of Resisting Racism this week, with classes and sermons focused on that work. Perhaps now you are more able to join in—and doing so would be a welcome distraction from the newsfeed. See the announcements for those opportunities.

At this point, we are faced with the tough reality that we will be unable to worship in person through the month of April, at least. And yet, even as we grieve all that this means, particularly for Easter Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus has emerged from the grave in spite of every other crisis our world has faced. It is the one final truth that cannot be changed. Anticipating this possibility, we gathered a handful of musicians earlier this week to sing and play some music that would be meaningful for this time, and I was sure to have them record a full singing of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” I joked that this song is Jesus’ cue on Easter to come out of the grave—he doesn’t rise if we don’t sing it! But as I sat with my recorder and listened, I was claimed by the poignant moment—singing our Easter hope, even in the midst of Lent and deep wilderness. The God of resurrection is with us; hope will rise again.

You are dearly loved, friends. Take care of one another and yourselves, and let us know how the Pastors and staff can serve you during this time.