We were scheduled to regather for our first indoor worship service of Covidtide (the unofficial liturgical designation of the pandemic period) on Sunday, October 11th, but alas... So we shall do what we have all had to do for the last seven months! Adapt! On Sunday the 11th, weather permitting, we will continue to worship outdoors joined in prayer and fellowship or you can worship at 10am online and remain comfy-cozy. We will be together. We will pray and praise together. Despite it all, we are undiminished.
And therein lies the good news of Christ's Church. Our faith resides in a hope deeper and wider than either vaccines or political vacuity. Our hope lies in the God who made heaven and earth. Our faith resides in that God's extraordinary love for the world made manifest in Jesus Christ. Our faith resides in the life-giving Holy Spirit who resides in us and compels us fearlessly and hopefully into the world with grace, charity and peace. If you are looking for unprecedented, ain't no virus better than that!
And the Holy Spirit is already taking us into places we wouldn't have dreamed a year ago. Our relationship with St. Stephen's Youth Programs grows by leaps and bounds in a deeper partnership to serve the children of the South End and Greater Boston. FUEL sends along hundreds of bags of food every week for school children near and far keeping food insecurity ever before us. Our Children, Teens and Family ministries continue to discover new ways to reach out and build up the faith of our youngest members. Redeemer is about unprecedented ministry in these unprecedented times.
Be of good cheer, sisters and brothers. COVID has not diminished and cannot diminish the good work of Christ in our midst.
Thanks be to God!