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Weekly Lifelines 8/9/2020

I’ve got a few practical items for you this week:

First, I’ve gradually begun doing in-person home visits. Meeting outside and staying at least six feet apart has felt both safe and comfortable. It’s been wonderful to see faces and catch up in a way that Zoom or the phone just don’t allow. If you’re interested in a visit from me, please get in touch! I’d love to come spend time with you in-person. If you don’t have adequate outdoor space, I’m happy to meet you at church or on the patio at my house.

Second, given the success and relative comfort of last week’s weenie roast, I think we can give in-person, outdoor, Eucharist a try. If you’d like to help figure out the details of safe, in-person worship, please contact me. It would be wonderful to have a variety of perspectives as we move forward.

Finally, I’d love some help running online worship on Sundays. So far I’ve been managing everything myself—admitting people, starting music, sharing slides, and managing breakout rooms, sometimes even while preaching. It’s been working out, but now that it’s clear online/on-phone worship will be with us for a while, it would be great to share worship leadership just like we do when we’re in-person on Sundays. I’m looking for a few people to take turns being the Sunday Zoom meeting host. If you’re interested in helping out, please get in touch.

On a more spiritual note, I want to share the prayer that has been on my lips this week. When I went to visit Helen on the night that Forest died, the words from the commendation came to me and haven’t left:

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

We say these words in the funeral liturgy as we commend to God those whom we love but see no longer. Although we usually speak it, the anthem is set to music in our hymnal, a haunting Orthodox chant that manages expresses both sorrow and joy, beauty and despair.

In these strange times of unexpected challenge, this antiphon is my prayer both for Forest, and for all of us: Give rest, O Christ; may we find your peace and drink of your eternal life in all that we do.

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