Week of April 12, 2020

As we approach Easter, I would like to share two related thoughts:
Prayer is worship.
Every breath can be a prayer.
This week we worship together by gathering online together to pray at the same time. There were some wrinkles in our initial, rushed roll-out of online services that have thankfully been resolved so that participants can view the livestreaming worship without a Facebook account. But in addition we are hosting recordings of the video that can be found on our website to be viewed at your leisure and inspire you to prayer, reflection, and worship.
But this year’s Holy Week challenges us to engage in a personal level of spirituality. We lack the “crowd boost” of our celebration of Easter, so we turn to prayer to find that rush of spiritual renewal. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be calling each other, posting pictures of Easter hats, and publically witnessing to our faith. This year, though, we have been presented the opportunity to find an Easter observation that is sometimes whispered rather than shouted, reflective rather than exhilarating, meditative rather than observational. It is not the Holy Week that we are accustomed to, but it has its own treasures and lessons.
My prayer is that we all receive from God our own celebration of the Resurrection: a collaboration of communal worship and support and personal prayer and revelation.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+