As we mark one year of pandemic disruptions and dangers, losses and learnings, we ask for God to bless our community as we seek to be better than before.
We seek to experience and share love, joy and peace in ways that are more meaningful and life-giving — to love better than before!
We seek to live in ways that forebear with others, express kindness and goodness in every interaction — to treat one another better than before!
We seek to deepen our faithfulness, offer ourselves and one another more gentleness, and practice self-control — to behave each day in ways that are better than before!
the many loved ones who have died,
the upheavals to businesses and families,
the increased anxiety and stress of this year,
the systemic injustices exposed, and
the struggles of this nation to find common ground.
This past year has offered many lessons for you, and for me, and for our larger community. I invite you to seek to be better than before as we step into a hope-filled future. In the midst of strange new hybrid schooling schedules, new CDC guidelines, and vaccine rollouts, let us return to God. Each Sunday we have an opportunity to return to God with the intention of giving thanks for the many blessings of this life. When we gather for worship, we intend to learn the lessons from Scripture and our own lives that lead us to understanding and growth.
I invite you to return, yet again, to worship.
In whatever way you are most comfortable, return to weekly worship. Use the space of sabbath rest and worship to return to God.
The leadership of St. Andrew’s, with the guidance of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Regathering Team, offers multiple opportunities to return. (See worship schedule below.)
To return to God,
to return to worship,
to return to ourselves
in ways that make our lives and this community
better than before.
With prayers for wisdom, healing, peace, justice and joy,
The Rev. Dina van Klaveren, Rector
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glenwood (Maryland)
Growing in faith through worship, service and study