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We currently have returned to our Nave for in-person worship at 9:30AM with Holy Communion.
May 9, 2021 | 6th Sunday of Easter
This Sunday's image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We ae called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John's gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.
After much conversation with the Worship and Music committee and the Covid-19 Task Force and then Church Council, it has been decided to move forward with Holy Communion. The first service will be on May 9 and as we have been doing we will worship with one service at 9:30. We will begin with the prefilled cups that have a wafer with them. The communion will take place at the same time as it has been in the service. There will be instructions prior the service for the week of May 9 and following. This is a big step moving forward and it is not what we are used to but nothing has been normal for some time now. Some folks may not be ready or inclined to move their masks upward to take the communion but it will be very brief. We are still going to distance in the worship space. If you are not comfortable with taking communion at this time, you do not have to take it but can still worship with the congregation on Sunday mornings. We will not be singing yet in worship. That is still a concern for worshipping with singing and the possible spread of the virus. We will still ask that masks be worn in worship and that we will still distance ourselves as best as we are able and we will still register folks coming to worship. The taking of one's temperature will stop for the time being but we will still ask how you are feeling and sign you in for contact tracing if it becomes necessary.
You will find the scripture readings and the message for this week in the links below. I offer you the peace of Christ and pray that you are all safe. Keep yourselves in prayer and scripture to keep yourselves strong and able to overcome any concerns that you are facing.
REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Randy Engle, Judy Sosik, Cyndi Stark, Karen Holtzman,
Ted Hoffman, Helen Witmer, Deb Cernugel, Marilyn Book,
and the family of Carol Maxwell
"Abide in My Love"
Read Pastor Kern's Full Message
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Readings for 6th Sunday of Easter
1 John 5:1-6
We encourage you to open your Bible to read the scripture passages before reading Pastor Kern's message.