Earlier this winter I was walking down a street where a row of shops were flying red, white and blue flags that said "OPEN." I walked up to each store, on that cold day, and found a smaller sign on each door that said "Closed." They said they were open but the lights were out and the door was locked.
As we begin a New Year, we want to let you know that while we're not meeting for in-person worship your church is OPEN.
A Lebanese friend tells me that when she was a little girl, Epiphany (Jan 6th) was a major Christian festival. This moment on the Christian calendar celebrates both the visit of the magi, and the baptism of Jesus, as moments when we see in the Carpenter the presence of the living God. People would stay awake through the middle of the night, my friend says, believing that Jesus would pass by. So people would stay up in the hope that they would catch a glimpse of Jesus.
So here are some ways you can "catch" a glimpse of Jesus this winter (even if COVID-19 makes in-person worship a risky, unloving experiment) through First UMC:
My friend would stay up, as a young girl in Lebanon, to get a glimpse of Jesus as Jesus passed by. We want you to know that there are all sorts of opportunities for you to see Jesus this winter despite the COVID-19 challenge. We may not be meeting in-person for worship BUT WE ARE OPEN!
Grace and peace,
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