This year has challenged us in so many ways – fear, devastation, distrust and anger. Our hearts and minds nearly overwhelmed as we’ve watched lives change dramatically and perceptions of what is real and normal shifted. Even the spiritual practices we often rely upon were challenged as we disrupted church life to do no harm.
But, as people of faith, we still follow the star toward a manger in Bethlehem, where God’s love was born into our world through Jesus. We listen to the angels sing this – the world is to be a place where love lives.
In shared expectation, we present the poem “With Us,” written by retired United Methodist pastor Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes, specially commissioned by the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area for the Where Love Lives campaign of the Western Jurisdiction. Alaska Conference Superintendent, Rev. Carlo Rapanut, lends his vocal talents to the project and the Rev. David Valera, Director of Connectional Ministries brings his audio/visual gifts to this project.
Feel free to watch it here, download it for use in an online worship service this season, or share it on social media.
May it bless you in these days with little light, and remind us all that love is near.
Vimeo video link: https://vimeo.com/492665151
Vimeo video link to download: https://vimeo.com/greaternw/download/492665151/b20bc2792c
PDF of the poem: https://gnw-email.brtapp.com/files/like+us.pdf