“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
This passage from Ecclesiastes reminds us of the importance of community. 2.5 years into this Pandemic, we have forgotten how much we need the support of our church community in our lives. Worship is a bright spot in the week: a time for us to gather together. Of course, God meets us there, giving us strength for the week ahead. But, worshiping at home for the entirety of the Pandemic has robbed us of the strength and joy we receive from being together with our siblings in Christ in community.
I have fond memories of vibrant fellowship times after church before the Pandemic. It brings joy to my heart to see fellowship time beginning again outside after the service. I know that many are still hesitant to come to worship in-person as the different waves of the Pandemic ebb and flow. But, I hope those who are hesitant will consider joining us while the weather is nice and we can gather outside for fellowship. Our health protocols are very effective at keeping people safe. The health and well-being benefits of being together in-person are astronomical.
It brings joy to my heart whenever I see each one of you, whether at church or in the community. I wish that same joy for all of you. Remember that a cord of three strands is not easily broken. The strength of our community comes from its many members. Join us for worship on Sundays and receive the strength and joy that only Christian community can give.
Grace and peace,