|Dear New Song,
God is good! All the time!
Our online Tuesday Bible study has been exploring the book of Ezra, which chronicles the return of the Israelites to the city of Jerusalem where they will rebuild the Temple to worship the Lord. As we read through the book, its striking how many starts and stops there are along the way. At times they are met with opposition; at others they are given endorsements from the King himself. In any case, as crooked as the journey was, they did return. The Temple was rebuilt. People gathered for worship. Community resumed.
The years and miles between Henderson and the Jerusalem Jews are many, and yet we find ourselves in a similar place, trying to return, imperfectly to the community of faith that has nourished us with the Word. I’m thankful that our council and the Stay Connected team has taken leadership to forge a pathway forward. Tomorrow we will hear from the Governor again, and I personally am hopeful for a June return to in-person worship.
While the foundation of God’s grace will not change, our return may see some significant adjustments. As we finalize a start date, I will send a letter of invitation for return. It is likely that we will have an additional service on Sunday and worship will be slightly shorter. The team is developing protocol and guidelines. Our Synod Bishop has been helpful with sharing resources for us. Please let us be gracious with one another and thankful for the opportunity to be together even as we make concessions for the sake of public health.
In the meantime, there is a wonderful opportunity to gather in the parking lot for Sunsets @ New Song on Tuesdays, currently at 7:00pm. Please join us!
Continue to pray for me as I pray for you.
Rejoice in the Lord,