A Word from Pastor Randy

It was wonderful to have worshipers back in the sanctuary on Sunday; it was also wonderful that we still had a significant number of people connect with us via our livestream feed for worship as well.  For those worshiping with us virtually, it may have seemed a little odd that the order of worship was different than it has been in recent weeks, and odd to see people scattered through the sanctuary.  For those who were present in the sanctuary, it probably felt a little odd to be wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet.  But, we are still in a pandemic and so we are continuing to organize our ministry in a way that is loving and caring for all, including those who are unable to be vaccinated, those who are immunocompromised, and those who are feeling very anxious about being out-and-about again.  In I Corinthians, Paul reminds us that “All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.    Consistently through this pandemic we have tried to ensure that our actions are loving and caring of neighbor even if it goes above-and-beyond what might be legally permissible and required.   We all look forward to the day when it will be safe and loving to remove masks, to fill every seat in the sanctuary, and to hug or shake hands when we pass the peace.  But until then, I rejoice that in addition to being able to continue to offer the option of virtual worship via livestream, we are also able to gather together in the sanctuary again at least on a limited basis.  (If you wish to attend in-person worship, advance reservations are required.  Reservation cut off time is noon on Saturday).