I am so excited to be back with you this Sunday. It has been a while!
In fact, March 15th was my last day of work before maternity leave. That was twelve weeks ago. And while I knew things would be different coming back to work with two small children at home, I didn’t know they would be this different. A friend sent me a text the other day, that read “you had a baby and then the world exploded.” That feels a little true.
Covid-19 has sent us all for a loop. People are experiencing unexpected unemployment, loss of loved ones, loneliness, cancelled events, financial difficulty, isolation, postponed celebrations, fear, the list goes on and on.
I remember one of my first trips out of the house after the shelter-in-place orders. I was taking Whitney to a doctor’s appointment and the roads were empty. It felt eerie. I felt wrong for being out. There was a looming sense of sadness
And while the world was grieving over 100,000 deaths due to Covid-19…we hear the news of Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks. And we join with the cry of the psalmist “How long, O Lord?”
It feels heavy. The news, Facebook, the air…it all feels heavy. Maybe you have felt that same heaviness in the past weeks and months. Despair is rampant. Rob Bell defines despair as “the fear that tomorrow will be just like today.”
And yet we are people of hope. Not as a way to appease or nullify the grief. But deep, foundational, rooted in Jesus, hope.
The events of the last few months have interrupted our lives. And while no one likes to be interrupted, these events have provided us an opportunity to rethink, rebuild, reimagine our shared life together. God is bringing about something new in us and for us. How might we participate in it?
For the next four weeks we will be focusing on Philippians. Often called the “Epistle of Joy”, Paul wrote this letter to the church in Philippi from jail. With the threat of execution hanging over his head, Paul wrote about faithfulness, unity and joy!
What might his words say to us today?
I hope you will join us at 9:30am for our live stream worship.
We will also have a special tribute to SDUMC students promoting and graduating. Plus a message for Dads.
Peace in Christ, Chelsea