If you were with us for last week's Service, you know we experienced a little zoom shenanigans! In an effort to reduce the likelihood of that happening again, we are securing our online Service link. This means you will need to register for this Sunday's Service. Please click the link to register and you will receive your login information for Sunday Service by email. Please register early so you will have the information on hand for Sunday.
Sunday Service Online @ 10:30 am - log on as early as 10:20
We had hoped . . .
We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.
We had hoped to live our lives without a world pandemic. We had hoped to live our lives without being confined to our homes, unable to visit loved ones. My great niece will graduate from high school this spring; she had hoped to go to her prom and walk across the stage at graduation to the applause of friends and family. Millions of people hope they will find work soon, hope to find food, hope to stay well, hope that life will return to "normal."
The season of Eastertide flips hope on its head; it always has. There is hope, plenty of it; it just does not always look how we think it should look. The disciples had hoped Jesus would be a hero, someone, as the theologian Fredrick Buechner says, "who would give them a lot of easy answers to all of life's hardest questions." Instead they experienced a Presence that enlivened them in the midst of present circumstances; instilled in them a sense of purpose and meaning in the midst of doubts, fears, and disappointment; and demonstrated how a life lived authentically in the midst of challenges opens us to that from which genuine hope, peace, wisdom, and yes, abundance, flows. Our focus Sunday will be on the power of true hope and authenticity in the midst of whatever life presents. Joining with you in worship has always been one of my greatest joys. That is true now more than ever. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
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Missing our fellowship time after our service?
Join us for online fellowship May 3rd at 11:45 am
If you are missing seeing each other's smiling faces, have no fear! We are planning on hosting two Fellowship Meetings after Service, Sunday, May 3rd at 11:45 am. Trish Phelps and Liz Sackett will each host a zoom meeting where you can pop in and see your friends, say hi and share a little time together.
We will post the links to join next week in this newsletter. No preregistration necessary.