Worship Gathering in the Midst
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 20, 2021
in which We Contend with the Paradoxes of Faith
Scripture Reading: The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, 6:1-13
Worship Leader & Preacher: Rev. Stacy L. Thomas
Liturgist: Greg Elliot
Tech Team: Cindy Speakman and Erik Halseth
Music: Diane Birchman, John Paton, and Joan Thompson
On Sunday, we begin our hybrid worship gatherings! Much thought, energy, and time in conversations, education and resourcing, not to mention prayer, have been spent as we have been preparing for this moment these past several months. Our Tech Team is dedicated to providing us all with a worship experience that will be just as meaningful for those people who will continue to join us via Zoom as it will be for those who will join us in person. While it will not be “perfect,” it will be “good,” maybe even “great” – but let’s remember what the whole point of worship is: to gather together in community to remember how God has kept us through the week, to pray for one another and for our world, and to be renewed and refreshed for a new week. It is a time to recognize God’s presence and connection with us, and to connect with one another in this amazing Community of God’s People!
We have endured so much these past 15 months. There have been hardships, sorrows, frustrations, difficulties of many kinds, yet, we still remain. We are still here, we have survived, and we will keep on surviving. Not even surviving, but thriving! And we will still thrive! We are stronger together, and we will continue to grow and learn from each other and from the lessons we gained from the Great Pandemic of 2019 (that remains even now). May God pour out patience, courage, kindness, grace, and immense, genuine love upon each and every one of us as we prepare to return to worshipping and gathering together in-person! Some things have changed. Some things will resume. It might feel different, even uncomfortable. But God is still with us, has been with us,
and will continue to be with us through it all!
Beloved Ones, I am so looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – whether you join us via Zoom or in-person! I am excited to greet guests and visitors! I am overwhelmed with joy at the dedication and perseverance of the Tech Team to deliver high-quality hybrid connections! I am thrilled that we will sing and rejoice as one body, and I am delighted with all of the ways that we will Be the Church this summer!
~ Toward Embracing Abundant Life Together,
Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Here is the Zoom Information:
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship Gathering in the Midst
Time: Sundays 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 897 8769 2192
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