This Sunday is one full of jubilation as we celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Crowds of people met him on streets waving palms as they chanted, "Hosana!" Typically, we'd gather to celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend. You'd be greeted at our sanctuary doors with palm crosses made by the ladies of the Guild. Our children would lead us in our palm processional. But during this time of social distancing, we simply can't come together in one physical space. And yet, as Christians, we are joined together in spirit and will continue to worship virtually. We will even celebrate with Holy Communion on Sunday. The PCUSA has provided us with guidelines.
All of our Holy Week services will continue online. We will livestream Maundy Thursday worship at 6:30 pm, Good Friday worship at 12 pm and Easter Sunday worship at 11 am. All of the worship services will be available through our YouTube channel and on Facebook. For once, you won't have to worry about rushing Easter morning to get everyone dressed, out the door and to the church early in order to get a seat. Your seat will be ready for you in the spot of your choosing whether it's your living room sofa, outside on a deck, or the kitchen or dining room table.
I hope you will use this extra time with loved ones whether in person at a safe social distance, by phone or via Zoom or FaceTime to continue your Lenten walk with Jesus. Contemplate his journey to the cross that began with those joyful chants of "Hosana" that turned to cries of "Crucify him" before he showed us his unconditional, saving love for all of us on the cross.
Embrace the joy, the peace, and the love of Christ.
See you Sunday via livestream,