by: Elizabeth Krolak
Dave and I froze a big batch of sweet corn last night, and as always I thought about the coming change of seasons. In a few months we'll be enjoying that taste of summer at our Thanksgiving feast, in the dish of corn we'll share on a frosty day thanks to this steamy hot endeavor of putting up the harvest! The anticipation even as we put those bags of corn in the freezer was delicious. And it feels great to anticipate something good right now!
God gives us the ability to look ahead and anticipate, and I'm grateful for that. Sometimes, though, it can be a bittersweet gift, as our expectations are set by our imaginings of the future. The Apostle Paul reminds us that our hopes are set in a reality that's much greater than our own anticipation and imaginings: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13) Our joy and peace don't come from our circumstances but are a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Our Gathering Together Task Force is looking with anticipation at when we can gather again for worship. Our earthly data is telling us, "Not yet". We're holding to our original plan of waiting until we have two weeks of declining cases in our county before we consider gathering for worship indoors. We'll continue evaluating and re-evaluating what we know about the safety and logistics of gathering for Sunday worship in our sanctuary between now and November, and we'll make a decision then. Until then, we pray that joy and peace fill the gatherings that are possible outdoors and in smaller groups. Please continue to watch your email for updates and more details about those decisions. We're very grateful for the work of the Task Force. They have studied and researched the ever-changing guidance available to us and prayed fervently for your wellbeing, our community's wellbeing, and our creativity as a congregation so that we may worship God in a manner that benefits all. That's our top priority.
In hope, joy and peace--