There are so many great things happening at our church even during this tragic pandemic. Currently, we hold services, meetings, small groups, music rehearsals, special worship events, book groups, and Bible studies using the Zoom computer application. Our church community has worked very diligently to continue in worship, connection, and service to respond to this pandemic. Service projects like community meals, etc. have been adapted to following the strict guidelines for safety, while the ministry of reaching out and serving one another is being maintained and even enhanced.
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Spring of 2021
Here are some of the things happening this spring on Zoom.
(Other ministry/ outreach that are done in-person have a limited number of people that can participate due to COVID-19 restrictions, and these events are not listed)
Our Lenten worship series, drawing upon the faithful experience and wisdom of John Lewis as shared in Across That Bridge – A Vision for Change and the Future of America, continues each Sunday in our Zoom worship, as we reflect upon the gifts of patience, faith, peace, love, and many other topics.
In the months ahead, the congregation of Second Church will come together to discuss who we are and who we want to be in the future. Questions about the future, by necessity, involve discussions about change, raising feelings of hope and excitement, but also concern, apprehension, even fear.
The final line of the inauguration poem by Amanda Gorman brought millions into the flow of grace and wisdom and continues to echo around the world:
“For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it.”
These will be the words that shape our silent and spoken reflection during a communal sacred pause on Saturday, March 6, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. What is the light we see? How does bravery factor into seeing the light that always is? What keeps us from being the light?
Rev. Susan will lead those gathered in periods of silent and spoken reflection, as the Spirit moves. Come as you are. Participate as you are led. Indulge in some quiet time to see the Holy on your Lenten journey.
Recognizing that Jesus often turned to the Hebrew prayerbook (or hymnal) that is presented as the Book of Psalms in the Bible, we, too, will keep the psalter close on our Lenten journey.
On each Wednesday throughout the season of Lent, we will pray our way into one psalm. We will consider how the psalm may have spoken to Jesus during his earthly life and ministry
and how it speaks to us in the present day.
In March, we will watch and later discuss the movie, “Chocolat”. This beautifully crafted 2000 romance/drama, set in a stubbornly quaint French village, explores the tensions that arise when a suspicious newcomer opens a mysterious chocolate shop during Lent.