As I said in my sermon this past Sunday, though it seems hidden in the midst of our groaning for redemption, the kingdom of God is here and growing among us. God’s Spirit is groaning within us, working with us and through us for good in all things.
Like a tiny seed, God’s kingdom is growing as we give ourselves over to groaning with creation, because as we do so, God himself, God the Holy Spirit groans within us and within creation, pulling us all toward new creation, even in the midst of suffering.
Part of our suffering during this pandemic has come from the need to distance ourselves from each other. And we’ve all discovered “Zoom fatigue” by now… meeting online just isn’t quite enough for humans, it seems.
It also seems that we are settling in for a long battle with this virus. It’s less of a “blizzard” that we could weather by “hunkering down” for a few weeks and more of a “winter” we need to learn to live through as best we can.
To that end, our Staff and Vestry has been discussing (and will further discuss tonight) how to gather as God’s Church this coming fall and winter.
Would you pray for us? We need creativity and wisdom and faith and hope and love to lead faithfully in this challenging time. I trust that we are growing as we groan, but it doesn’t make the groaning feel any better.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns in all this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or Fr. Matt, or Dcn. Spencer. We feel very thankful that y’all are making this journey with us.
Grace and peace,