Music can speak to the soul and lift the spirit as it certainly did during the March 15 worship when it was announced that we would not be gathering as a congregation for the next several weeks. The text to the hymns we sang that morning helped give perspective to our faith in these uncertain times - “We gather together to ask for God’s blessing, to live in community, seeking God’s will”; “What wondrous love is this! That Christ should come in bliss to bear the heavy cross for my soul!”; with the final hymn giving assurance – “Just as I am, you will receive, will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because your promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

It was disappointing to miss the ‘messages’ that the handbell music was going to provide for March 22 and 29 worship, but we’ll look forward to (hopefully) anticipate their music for Palm Sunday and Easter. For Palm Sunday, April 5, Karen Cmejla will offer a contrasting medley for Holy Week. We’re grateful for St. John’s Choir offering to provide special music for the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday service at Ebenezer. On Easter, April 12, Ebenezer Brass will offer rousing selections to exclaim the victory over death! Let’s pray for the welfare of our community and nation to be able to again worship together!

Don’t forget to help yourself to the March-April Upper Room devotional guides available in the Narthex. The daily devotions seem to speak directly to our present circumstances; although the church office is currently closed, you may contact Pastor Mike to arrange a time to pick this up.