Remember the Story: I just spent some time with friends (in a zoom meeting) remembering the events of Holy Week. We took a journey from the Triumphal Entry to Jesus being laid in the tomb. It’s a like a journey from bright light into deepening darkness. I think this season with coronavirus resonates with that. God does powerful work in darkening times. And the story reminds us that darkness doesn’t have the authority to claim us. Jesus is the light that pierces the darkness. He enters into our dark places and brings us out! What a Savior!
Good Friday: I’m really going to miss our tradition of going to the beach for sunrise on Good Friday. It has become a favorite in our family. We will miss being together with many of you, worshiping as the sun rises, remembering the greatness of Christ’s love for us! Even though we won’t be together, I encourage you to think about how to use the day. I am thinking of doing a Facebook Live broadcast of the sunrise. Do you have ideas?
Easter: We have always encouraged being creative with Easter, reaching out to neighbors, or blessing a local church. (Blessing churches is one of our values!) Creativity is certainly needed in this season. In the last three weeks, my family and I worshiped in a park, at a table on our patio, and at the kitchen table. I don’t know where we’ll be this week, but we will worship as a family. What about you? Many churches have on-line services. Some are celebrating communion. Be creative. Create a beautiful setting. Let Jesus renew your hope! Don’t miss Easter! Death has been swallowed up in victory! Jesus has won!
Very often, these posts include information about our next gathering. I’m not sure when that will be. I know many of us are meeting, leading, and ministering on-line. Keep it up. May the Lord give you strength and remind you regularly of the height, width, depth, and breadth of his great love for you!