Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This week we are looking at the 139
Psalm, a remarkable passage that speaks to the desire we all have to be known and loved. As you know we continue to experiment with different ways to video our worship and this week our musicians each recorded their own parts from their homes and then, through the power of technology (and people who have much greater skill than me!), the music was combined into one piece. I have been incredibly impressed and blessed by the creativity of all of our staff in these uncharted waters. I have also been moved by the work and generosity of so many ZPCers who have served this church and this community in this time. Our food pantry continues to serve our neighbors and, as you will hear, we have been a part of supporting Shepherd Community Center and helping some of the mission workers we support get out of harm’s way. Though this time has not been easy on any of us, I want you to know how thankful I am to be your pastor.
Next week is Palm Sunday and, to be honest, my sadness of not being able to gather together will only continue to deepen! I always love getting together with you on days like Palm Sunday and remembering the importance of this last week in the life of Jesus. Next week is also the first Sunday of the month, which means it is the Sunday when we typically take communion together. With that in mind, let me encourage you to have some bread and juice (or whatever you have around) and be prepared to partake in communion together. We will still celebrate what Jesus has done for us even if we cannot do it together.
Please know that I am praying for you.
I urge you to sign up for the prayer vigil
and to keep praying for those who are struggling across our globe whether it be physically, emotionally, fiscally, or spiritually. May God give you grace, courage and patience in this time and may you never forget that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made.