Please know that I’m thinking about you and pray that you are doing well in this continuing time of pandemic separation. I want to thank Daniel Best for his faithful checking of the church property and Michelle Simon, our Administrative Assistant, who has taken on the task of producing this e-newsletter. I also want to thank Jay Harrigan and Graham Bryan for their wonderful worship music!
As we meet for worship each Sunday now by Facebook live-streaming, me in my living room and you in your homes, I was glad to find and share with you the article, “Seven tips for engaging with live-streamed worship” by Constance Cherry printed below. You may recall me mentioning at different times that the word worship can be defined as “the work of the people”. Worship at its best is not a performance by the minister, liturgists, choir, and musicians, but is an experience in which everyone participates in their own way. Worship is not a spectator sport! I think it’s true, as with many things, that you get out of it what you put into it.
I once had a church member tell me that she only moved her lips and pretended to sing during the hymns because her voice was so awful. I encouraged her to sing anyway, as God doesn’t expect perfection. Praising God wholeheartedly, letting the words and music fill us, connects us to each other in our worship, no matter what we think we sound like, and that, I believe, pleases God.
So I invite you to read the article, Take from it what is meaningful to you, and be involved. Sing, pray, and be fully present, as together we worship our God who is our hope, peace, comfort, and strength in these unusual times. May God bless you and keep you close.
In Christ’s love.
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