I knew it was Easter as I listened and enjoyed the great hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”, followed by a spectacular piano and organ duet by Libby Tyner Bispham and Wayne Fisher of the old Bill Gaither “Because He Lives”, then finishing the service with the “The Hallelujah Chorus.” Yes, worship on Easter morning might have been a bit different for us but as I told Karen, “you can cancel the Easter Sunrise Service on the beach but you can’t cancel the Resurrection.” COVID 19 may have impacted how we worshipped but it can’t stop the Beloved from gathering. It won’t stop us from being who we are, a community created in resurrection.
Remembering the words of Rowan Williams, “What the believer says is, ’I live because of Jesus, in Jesus. The person I am cannot be understood apart from Jesus, I am baptized: I received my name, my identity, in the process of immersion in the Easter event.’ Thus the believer’s life is a testimony to the risen-ness of Jesus: he or she demonstrates that Jesus is not dead by living a life in which Jesus is the never-failing source of affirmation…” We do indeed, live and move and have our being in the Resurrected One. It was truly and literally, an Easter morning like no other.
Now, in Karen’s sermon, (I listen to her, even when she doesn’t think I do) she said: “We need holy moments that fill us and remind us of God’s presence in our lives, especially in these days that are beset with difficulties and fear of the Coronavirus – of economic ruin, of uncertainty. We need moments that connect us with the Living God – that fill us with God’s grace and reminds us of God’s unconditional and life-giving love.”
As we continue making our way in our “living of these days”, I invite you to pay attention to the holy moments you experience and be filled with the life-giving love of the Resurrected Christ. The risen-ness of Jesus is good news!
Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.
Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m. Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.
Take a picture of yourself worshiping at home and email it to us. We would like to share with our PIne Shores family on Sunday.
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Check out Virtual Children’s Church and JOY Company with Miss Allison by going to Pine Shores Presbyterian Church homepage.
Jeannette Ruggiano and Kathy Heitz have been making face masks. Jackie Fountaine had a good idea: If you have some extra time on your hands, send a card to folks in a nursing facilities and/or assisted living facilities.
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