September 1, 2020
Can you believe it? Since February, Plymouth Church has done its best to cut a path without knowing how long things would continue or how big the challenge would become. We prayed it would be a couple of months, hoping we'd be temporarily inconvenienced, but back in our beloved church building soon. In faith, our community scattered the church into our homes in response to the Coronavirus and in effort to have an overabundance of care and concern for our community.
For more than seven months, we've built our house while living in it. It was necessary, as our congregation is full of folks who would be significantly impacted by the virus, and because we trust and believe science. Listening to our governor and public health leaders, while tapping into the creativity, energy, and innovation of the Spirit, we've done our best to listen, respond and follow God.
Our foundation has been our faith and morality, and our desire to help create and more free and just world. We've built sure walls by promoting connection and care. The house is untraditional, but filled with love and longing, heartache and healing. And we're trusting God to bind us together in unity and justice, even while forces threaten to undo our work toward wholeness.
Still, Plymouth Church is striving to keep on with God as our helper, as it appears the end it's not yet in sight. We cannot return to traditional worship and activities until sometime in 2021.
And God is still blessing us, spurring us toward a vision of being church that continues truth-telling, faith formation, pastoral care, worship and administrative facets of ministry for the sake of the kindom, for the turning of the world.
Homecoming Sunday is September 13 at 10:30 am. On that day, worship will return to the Zoom platform so that most of our worship experience is live and more interactive. At 2 p.m. that afternoon, we will have a physically-distanced drive-by blessings at Plymouth Church. We pray you'll come and feel the connection and comradery again.
Friends, together we are building home. This may not be the house we imagined, but it is the home and world we will dream into existence. When all around us is shaking with uncertainty, let us dare to be builders who have caught the vision of hope; who move forward knowing that challenge and struggle can help us become stronger to craft all the pieces we need.
May we all invest our time with eagerness, our gifts and resources with cheer, recalling our covenant with God in Jesus Christ with gratitude, expectation and patience, living into the beloved hymn:
Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive;
built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome,
all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place
Rev. Dr. Kelle BrownSubscribe
Plymouth Church UCC Worship is experienced on a Zoom Webinar platform, on our Plymouth YouTube Channel and Facebook pages each Sunday as we return to our program year format. Please join us for Worship, then for Coffee Hour ONLINE following on the separate Zoom meeting link.
We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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