Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20:21
Peace. I say it all the time. I write the word every day, more than once most days. The word is a blessing, a wish, a hope, a prayer. When Jesus said it to his cowering disciples, he meant it as motivation. My peace sends you. It gives you security and courage and power to make a difference in the world.
The coronavirus makes many people uneasy. If your heart is trained to think about others-as the Christian faith trains us to do-you know that some of your neighbors and friends are worried and suffering.
Peace be with you.
The first disciples heard these words from Jesus in their isolation, behind closed doors. Their leader and friend was gone, and they feared that what happened to him could soon happen to them.
Peace be with You. We will hear these words Sunday morning, behind the closed doors of our houses. Jesus spoke the words to the first disciples, and the message has been relayed to us, to calm our fears and remind us that love breaks through closed doors and puts our hearts and minds at ease.
Assisting: Andrea McDonald
Readers: Moretz family
Musicians: Bob Holmgren, Moretz family
Faith Formation and Discussions
Faith formation meetings for children of all ages will follow our worship. Parents, during the service, have your children listen for a preview of their lesson from one our teachers, Mrs. Canning, Mrs. Borkowski or Mrs. Fryhle.
Adult forums on topics of importance, and of interest to us as a group, will take place during the Sunday morning faith formation time, and at our midweek Zoom gatherings.
On Congregational Singing
“Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord, shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! Let us enter his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to him in song,” (Ps. 95:1-2).
In our temporary sojourn of Zoom worship meetings, we are still able to participate in congregational worship and singing. The singing church reflects the body of Christ knit together. Pastor Johnson will include hymn lyrics in our worship bulletins, and I encourage everyone to sing where they are when we meet via Zoom, while staying muted on the call. Although we can’t necessarily hear the whole congregation singing together, we can see our members moving their lips. It is an opportunity for us to express devotion to God as one body, one family. Our songs are directed, together, heavenward.
-Kathryn Welter, Director of Music