April 2, 2020
Dear Friends:

Like you, we are building the car as we go.

First, earlier this week your session made the responsible and wise decision to  extend the cancelation of all in-person worship and church activities through at least Thursday, April 30.  This, of course, is also keeping in line with national, state, and local guidelines concerning physical distancing. We will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed down the road. 

Additionally, please know that with Holy Week beginning this coming Sunday – Palm Sunday – we are making plans to provide video, liturgy, and reflections for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. These resources will be shared with you by email and on the church Web site. Be on the lookout!

On that note, I also want to let you know that we will be modifying some of the normal church communication rhythms in coming weeks. As you are aware, the coronavirus has required churches to quickly adopt a more video-heavy communication model with the goal of effectively connecting us in worship and prayer each week. The response to our weekly video devotions, music, and children’s chapel have been overwhelmingly positive. And so we want to keep offering these important resources for connecting us in worship and prayer for however long is necessary. 

Because it takes a good deal of time to film, edit, and publish video content on a weekly basis though, we need to realign some of our staff focus and energy in other areas. Accordingly, the weekly Wednesday email newsletter will temporarily move to be published every 2-3 weeks depending on what activities are happening around the church. That said, please know that will continue to regularly share congregation-wide news and information on social media, the church Web site ( www.sspres.org ), and through occasional event/message specific emails to the congregation. 

Palm Sunday is nearly here. Go cut some fronds. Pin them to your door. Tape them to the mailbox. Let us join the chorus of voices saying, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

See you Sunday,
Sunday Devotional
Zoom Studies
Musical Notes

It is still Lenten Season in the liturgical year of the church. Some have said this is a Lent surpassing all Lenten seasons. It is an opportunity for true reflection, sacrifice, humility, and gratitude. My niece who works for the Wesley Foundation at UGA as an Outreach and Encounter Intern recommends this Bible verse: 1 Peter 1: 6-9. Check it out.  

In Hymn 785 In Deepest Night there are verses appropriate to address our lament. Susan Palo Cherwien writes:  
In deepest night, in darkest days, when harps are hung, no songs we raise, when silence must suffice as praise, yet sounding in us quietly
there is the song of God. When friend was lost, when love deceived, dear Jesus wept, God was bereaved; so with us in our grief God grieves, and round about us mournfully there are the tears of God.
When through the waters winds our path, around us pain, around us death, deep calls to deep, a saving breath, and found beside us faithfully
there is the love of God.

This coming Sunday begins Holy Week. Here are some suggestions for worshipping at home: Do tune into the online service – Amy Bishop and Anne Marie Stirewalt offer the hymn All Glory, Laud, and Honor on organ and trumpet.   Sing along with the provided slides or use it as a processional around the house. Cut some palm branches and wave them around. This would be especially fun for children, as some of them are used to doing this year after year. Send us pictures! Another way to mark the day is to use cut palm branches to make a door or mailbox decoration.  
Check the newsletter for other Holy Week services and offerings from our church.  

Order a hydrangea in memory or honor of your loved one and bring flowers for the flowering cross to the Preschool drop off entrance in the back (porte cochere) on Thursday, April 9 th  before noon. Buckets of water will be provided for the flowers.  

Above all, keep the faith and stay safe!  

Love & Gratitude, 

Joys and Concerns
Community Care
Namaste at Home
SSPC member and in-house yoga guru, Pat Heran, has taken her practice to a digital platform, where you can now join her in peaceful flow from the comfort of your own home. Thank you, Pat!
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