Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
When we decided to focus on a “season of recovery” during this Lenten season, recovery from an Arctic storm of epic proportions was not what we had in mind! And yet, here we are, facing a REAL recovery situation again. It should help us make a strong start to our time of worship and reflection together - our first Sunday was scheduled to focus on physical health, tangible aspects of our human existence that we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and touch with our fingers. Our REAL-life situation pulls us away from any modern Christian tendency to simply spiritualize scripture and faith - we need a God that’s involved in some way in our physical world, too.
Each of us is created by God as a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. The recent Arctic storm and continuing pandemic are harrowing times that can shatter our sense of wholeness – body, mind, and spirit – like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. In this Lenten “season of recovery” for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health, we will explore the healing narratives of Jesus that tell of divine solidarity with human suffering and remind us that we can begin a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken.
Beach glass offers us a multifaceted symbol of this transformative process. There will be glass available for in-person worship, or to pick up and take home for online worship. If you can’t make it by the church, just find a few pieces of colored glass to place in a reachable spot as you worship online.
Please be in prayer for all who have been impacted by this storm. We are partnering again with other local churches to provide disaster recovery assistance using church volunteers. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer, information is available below.