The Strange Joy of Resurrection
Christ is risen; Christ is risen indeed! Here in the Easter season, many are rejoicing in the power of resurrection as spring spreads over the gardens and fields and as more and more people are eligible for the COVID vaccine. As we continue to learn how best to keep ourselves healthy, thank you for the care you show for each other with your precautions. We as people of faith are called to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves, a threefold instruction carried out every time we are sure to safeguard those around us and our own health.
I am glad we were able to hold several in-person worship services for Palm Sunday and the first two weeks of Easter, but I am also mindful of rising numbers and the introduction of COVID variants into the area. For the last two weeks of April (4/18 and 4/25), we will return to virtual-only worship. Keep distance, keep wearing masks even if you’ve been vaccinated, and sign up for the vaccine if you haven’t yet. This is very much an opportunity to work together, as we who are called to build the Kingdom of Peace are training to do each and every day. Livestreamed worship on our Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. EST (if you need a hand with time conversion for where you are, this link is useful) each Sunday morning will be uploaded to YouTube by Monday noon each week.
As the weather warms here in Michigan, we will discuss outdoor worship again as we did last summer. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and on the church emails for details about in-person services. (Not on our email list and want to be? Send us a note.) Regardless of our status on worshipping in the building, online worship will continue; to those who are not here in Essexville, you are part of this congregation and we delight in being able to worship with you thanks to the wonders (and headaches!) of technology.
This Easter season is full of the appearances of Christ to His disciples in flashes of resurrection; may we, like the disciples, have the patience and joy to carry the message of hope in our lives even as the situation is in flux. Thank you for your continued support of and engagement as we live into the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world.
In the hope of the Christ,
Rev. Jenaba D. Waggy