Dear Friends in Christ,

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two months since we’ve been able to worship together. It’s hard to believe that our Lenten pilgrimage moved through a very different Holy Week than we’re used to. It is even harder to believe that our pilgrimage led us to an even stranger Easter Sunday and now into an Eastertide of isolation.

And although a weekly Sunday worship service at St. Andrew’s is still a reality for a very small handful of us, live-streaming a Morning Prayer service or even a Eucharist is just not the same as being able to gather as Christ’s body to celebrate the Resurrection together!

On the Fifth Sunday of Easter when Fr. Martin opened the liturgy with ”Alleluia! Christ is risen!” I imagined our collective voices in resounding response: “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” I imagined that we were all gathered together to hear the Word of God, and when I stood in the pulpit preaching – able to see only five faces in the congregation – I pictured the many faces I missed: your faces. Then, during Communion I imagined that each one of you were at the rail with outreached hands to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. And, as Fr. Martin sent us forth, it was Fr. Ed’s voice that I heard and whose smile that I saw, and together we responded enthusiastically, “Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia!”

So, although we’re not physically gathered, we can be assured that we are together in Spirit and, also, that Christ is with each one of us as we walk this difficult and grief-laden path.

Easter blessings, Pam

Eastertide reflections – by Pam Tinsley