Facebook has a feature called “On This Day” that shows you what you posted 1, 2, 3, etc. years ago on that day. On March 12, 2020 we had posted a picture of the church sign that read “Worship suspended until April 9. Join us on FB Live.” We had no idea what was in store, but in the last couple of weeks many of us have had anniversaries of that moment when you realized life as we knew it was about to change. As we look back on a year full of waiting, disappointment, loneliness, anticipation, and grief, please know that we have held you in our prayers and continue to do so. God was with you in every lonely moment of last year and is with you as we are walking into this new period.
Similar to the flowers raising their little heads through the earth, it seems like there are these little signs of this period of hope and light popping up everywhere. Every day I hear of more friends, colleagues, and parishioners who have been able to get vaccinated. On the anniversary of us shutting down, the choir met in the sanctuary to have a short rehearsal (just about everyone participating is vaccinated, and everyone was distanced and masked) to join our voices in song for the first time in a year. Despite everyone complaining that they were out of shape vocally, it was still some of the most beautiful music I had heard after a year of choral silence in the sanctuary.
So, slowly, the hope is growing. The songs and sounds are coming back. On Monday night, 5-5:45pm, the choir room is filled with the ringing and laughter of our children’s bell choir, and on Thursday evenings, 7-8pm, our adult bell choir is back to ringing beautiful anthems. The adult choir sings after that. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
I hope that you can hear the sounds of hope in the air – the birds singing, the kids out in the streets as they are starting to play outside again, the choir anthems that are offered virtually (but one glorious day will be sung live in the sanctuary), the neighbors offering a hello, a baby giggling. As the hymn goes, “All earth is hopeful.” May you carry this hope forward in you.