Amid Uncertainty, Hope

Dear Friends,
 
The Easter season is a joyous time. We remember that Jesus, who underwent such suffering, is victorious over death. Even amid uncertainty, we have this hope that we are not left all alone. We don’t have to face challenging times on our own strength. The Spirit inspires life and possibility into us, even when we can’t see our future clearly. Just like the bulb in the ground seems dead for a big part of the year, it breaks through the ground when the season is right.
 
So does the church go through seasons. We look for renewal and may be impatient for it to burst onto the scene, but our faith reminds us that God’s time can’t be forced. So what do we do in the meantime? Ground ourselves in God’s word and commit to walking alongside one another for the full journey.
The Mission Study Team looks forward to studying the results of the church surveys. As of Sunday morning, over 100 people have returned a survey. Thank you! Once the team receives the results and has a chance to digest the information, they will share it with you. Be on the lookout for articles in the Action, Moments in worship, and opportunities to gather together (Zoom and in person) to share what we are learning.
 
In the meantime, I invite you to begin thinking about a biblical image or story that resonates with you when you reflect upon First Presbyterian Church. Email, call, or write me your ideas on this. It might be from the Old or New Testament, a prophecy or a parable, a psalm or epistle. What vision do you have of your participation in this particular community of faith? Think on these things over the next few weeks.
Finally, I want to thank the Reopening Team and worship volunteers for their many efforts to provide for in-person, indoor worship. It takes a lot of effort to make this happen and keep the virtual/tech side of things working effectively, too. Staff members Jeanna and Tommy have gone over and above in providing for as safe an environment as possible. We look forward to the day when we will all be able to gather safely and sing the songs of our faith and participate in liturgy and prayers. Until then, we rejoice in the ways we can be drawn together to worship.
 
Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!