Pastor’s Pen January 2021
Dear Siblings in Christ: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not…
Dear Siblings in Christ:
It’s November – the time of All Saints and the Reign of Christ celebrations. And this year the First Sunday in Advent occurs on 29 November, the day before St. Andrew’s Day. And we’re going back inside for in-person worship. I’ve said it before and now I’ll say it again. Worship is going to look very different. Denise and her team will begin the Prelude at 9:40am, so that the people watching online will have music to sing to. Those who come to worship will not be singing or speaking the usual responses. There’s a video, What to Expect When You Come Back to Worship, on our YouTube channel to walk you through the procedure of worshipping in-person until there is a vaccine and the world is safe again. (Yes, I know, we may always have the novel corona virus with us, but someday there will be a vaccine!) So remember, worship will look and feel very different as long as a percentage of the congregation comes inside. As Walter Cronkite used to say: “That’s the way it is in November 2020!” (For those too young to know who Walter is, you can Google him. He cried on live TV when President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963.)
Our Annual Meeting, like everything else this year, will be different. We will meet on 6 December 2020, 12 Noon via zoom. Members who do not have internet will be given the information for joining on their phone. Please contact Rosanne in the church office for details. Yes, this will be more challenging than what we ‘normally’ do. With patience and gentleness we will get through this too. We trust we will have a quorum. Plan now to attend so we can conduct the business of the congregation.
In November we celebrate Thanksgiving and some may be struggling to give thanks in the midst of the pandemic. Like you, I am eager for the pandemic to be over. I don’t want any more of God’s children to contract the virus; or anything else for that matter. But my wishes don’t always come true. Still, there is much for which to be thankful. I invite you to give thanks for even the smallest good in your life. And give thanks to God that God loves you beyond measure. Remember these words that St. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If you can find one thing to give thanks for, then maybe the next day you can find two, and the day after that maybe three. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks.
Praying that you are able to rejoice in God’s love today and always.
Your partner in the Gospel,