Beloved of God—
As hard news about the coronavirus continues to unfold, we are gaining clarity that it will be some time before we are together again onsite at Trinity. So we find ourselves commencing our Holy Week observation together, yet apart, from our various shelters-in-place.
Although liturgy via Facebook and Zoom may be new, this is not the first time Christians have gathered in their homes for worship. I hope you find inspiration for creativity in this week of sacred storytelling that we do together—the schedule for which is detailed below. I pray that the strangeness of our circumstances might reveal some new meaning for you in our observations ahead.
Palm Sunday is one of the more spatial and dramatic services of our tradition. We will all miss gathering in the Trinity garden for a festive palm blessing and procession. Although we cannot safely distribute palms to you all, why not join in the tradition at home by clipping some boughs and branches from your local surroundings? Scripture doesn’t confine us to palms, you know —on that first Palm Sunday, folks lay branches and even coats in the road before Jesus, as they shouted Hosanna! Wave whatever you’ve got, and share a picture on Facebook.
Here’s another idea: try adorning your door with signs of Palm Sunday, to mark that your home will be observing the special day. For ideas, see The Deacon’s Bench blog. For more inspiration, check out our own Kim Purucker’s Palm Sunday doorstep creation below my message.
On Sunday after our online service, join the clergy for a Zoom conversation about our choices around online worship. For our Presiding Bishop’s thoughts on the theology of worship in the time of COVID-19, click here, I look forward to sharing time and conversation with you.
I miss you. And I am praying for you mightily. Stay safe.
The Rev’d Julia Whitworth, Rector
Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis