Today is Palm Sunday for Christians, although it feels a little weird this year. Like churches all around the world, Faith is navigating the changes caused by the COVID-19 health pandemic. Shouts of Hosanna in a crowded church sanctuary have been replaced by a quiet Sunday morning, with families gathering in their living room to log on for a virtual worship service.
Faith is greatly blessed to have been livestreaming our worship services for many years. In that way, our setup and processes have admittedly made the switch to online worship quite a bit easier than in many other congregations.
Despite the incredible stress of trying to stay healthy, managing an economic downturn, and working from home (with a toddler!) -- one of the things that social isolation practices has offered us is the opportunity to explore creative worship possibilities. Actually, creativity is a part of how we plan to get through this time!
Today is a great example of that. We leaned heavily into the ministry of the most famous Presbyterian pastor around -- the Rev. Fred Rogers (I'm a self-proclaimed Mr. Rogers super-fan!). The staff had SO much fun preparing for this service, and I'm so proud of Brandi for the brave willingness to try something new, for such a time as this. Her sermon brought levity and light in a time of darkness.
Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters
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