Dear First Church Family,
I pray that you are persevering during this uncertain time. Not being able to actually be with you is taking its toll on me, as I imagine, it is on you. Our staff surprised me with pictures of many, many of your smiling faces on chairs in the CLC last Sunday during worship, and has done the same in the Sanctuary this week. I love it, but I miss the real you!
I want to thank you for your loving patience and reception of how we are responding to COVOD-19. Each Sunday for worship, we include elements of both services; though we know that everybody doesn’t like everything in those services. That’s alright.
We are not trying to persuade one another to develop new love of either traditional or modern worship. This is only a temporary thing. When our modern service returns, it will continue to be modern. When our traditional service returns, it will be traditional. But in the meantime, we will include elements of each in every service. Again, thank you for your understanding and receptivity of the response to the crisis. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to worship together during this time.
Over the next month, when both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day occur, we will celebrate the Christian Family. For the first couple of weeks, we will conclude our “No Doubt” series and then follow that with an inspection of biblical responses to dealing with fear.
I love our church and this community, and I have just learned I will be appointed here with you for another year. While that was never really in question, it was certainly wonderful to hear officially.
As I close this letter, I tap my chest twice, remembering our love for Christ and one another.
Blessings and love,