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Letter from Liz: July 2, 2020

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30 (ESV)
Franz von Lenbach (German, 1836–1904), The Red Umbrella, ca. 1860. Oil on paper mounted on cardboard, 10 1/2 × 13 3/5 in. (26.9 × 34.6 cm). Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg.

This Sunday I will be preaching on the yoke Jesus offers… I so hope you will join us and maybe invite a friend! In a world so full of conflict and chaos - how do we manifest being people of rest? And what does it mean to wear a yoke?

This Sunday will be our 17th zoom service. We have come far in the last four months, and it’s been fun to see how adaptable and flexible we are as a community. Thank you for working so hard on your internal and external worlds to continue to worship God whole-heatedly despite the pandemic. I am grateful for each of you as you have thought and prayed and engaged.

This Sunday is also the first Sunday in July. Summer is here! DC is so hot and sweaty. Will you get away at all? Please wear your mask, wash your hands, and why not tune in from wherever you go and invite your family/friends to experience church with us?

Feedback requested!

  • How did you find our changes to the service last week? Do you have positive (or negative!) feedback? Email me!

  • One of the biggest challenges for the church right now - as in The WHOLE Big Upper case 'C' Church - is how do we continue to reach out to our friends and neighbors to share the fact that they too can know they are beloved children of God? And that He has answers to all their questions raised by today's turmoil, civic unrest and global viruses! How are you doing with that? Do you have ideas to share? Note: you can respond to this blog in the comments below - give it a go!

  • Are you attending a Garden Church? Or are you worshipping at home? We are constantly looking at how to make both experiences work better - send us your ideas! Oh - and - anyone got a spare screen and projector they could lend to a Garden Church? LMK.

Praying for each of you - that you might experience deep rest in the confidence of your belovedness in the week ahead,

Your pastor,

~ Liz


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