During the first Sunday in Lent (March 1) I asked the question, “What will be different?” It was my way to remind us to do something intentional for this season when we focus on looking inward. I had no idea, at the time, that on the second Sunday in Lent (March 8) we would be forced to discourage hugs and handshakes, and on the third Sunday (March 15) we would be “fasting from public worship.” [Click here or photo to read more.]
So much is different now, and yet we have found alternate ways to connect with one another as a Church Family. Vestry leaders are calling members, parishioners are writing notes to one another and we get to “see” each other online during worship, virtual Coffee Hour, meetings, Tuesday night Prayer Time and Thursday night Social Time. It’s not “as good” as exchanging the Sign of the Peace, as we do so well, but for now it works.
My hope is that in this extraordinary time you have found ways to still connect to what grounds you and keeps you focused on the light that is Jesus Christ. It is with God that all things are possible. These weeks have been very trying for all of us, and it is important that we be cautious and follow the social distancing guidelines, but we cannot let the fear that is strangling our society stop us from being Church. You know this, but Church is not our building; Church is community. We are still community – even if it is virtually. Please stay connected to Holy Spirit Verona as much as you find helpful.
It is clear that this experience of “different” will continue through Holy Week, Easter and beyond. This means that we won’t be able to celebrate Flowering Sunday, which we typically do on the Second Sunday of Easter. But, our first Sunday back we will share this tradition and have the longest exchange of Peace on record. As Christians we are a resurrection people and we believe that out of darkness, light will come. We are not alone; God is will us May it be so!
Sending virtual hugs,
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard
This article was featured in the Holy Week DoveTale in April 2020.