Dear Christ Church,
His love never quits. That’s the refrain repeated twenty six times in Psalm 136, my daily Psalm this week. The Psalm goes through the whole story of God from creation to deliverance from Egyptian bondage, from the desert wanderings into the Promised Land, interjecting twenty-six times that “His love never quits.” That is the story of my life and yours, in the pandemic and beyond. We could punctuate every daily or generational trial we live through with this piercing and reassuring truth: His love never quits, not for a nanosecond of our stir-crazy, desolate, or jobless days.
Today brings some timely creative expression as Christ Church parishioner Greg Essington released a new song today with his band Blue Water Highway, called “All Will Be Well”. It’s based on a quotation from St. Julian of Norwich, whose feast day happens to be today, May 8th. Greg is the musician in the hat, who you see playing various instruments with our worship team on most Sundays in our livestream worship services.
Some of you are wondering, “How is Christ Church doing?” Any given parishioner might only have visibility into the live stream and their online small group meetings. In the next few days I will be recording a “State of the Church” Report to update you on different arenas of ministry, staff, operations and finances, and our mission in Austin. Be on the lookout for the link soon!
Remember this from the sermon on Luke 24 two weeks ago?. . . “When [Jesus] was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.” We all miss The Table, and our shared bread and wine at the family meal. Our last Eucharist was Easter Sunday. Our next Eucharist will be Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, preceded by another drive-thru consecration opportunity the week before.
Happy Mother’s Day this weekend, especially to moms that still have kids under their roof, but also to every sacred role of mothering: grandmothers, single moms, step-moms, expecting moms, spiritual moms, mothers-in-law, and the list goes on. Here’s a short video greeting from me to all you mothers.
Lastly, is there someone you can invite to church this Sunday? Send an email invitation and link! It’s never been easier to invite someone to church, and never been easier for a curious invitee to attend.
P.S. If you missed last week’s email, with its explanation of our current discernment about re-opening and assemblies during this pandemic, you can catch up here.