It’s still hard to believe that we won’t be gathering today in the sanctuary for worship. But alas, that’s the reality in which we find ourselves. A place of uncertainty. A place of not knowing what the future holds. Our whole world has changed in the course of one week … one week! It’s still hard to wrap my head around that fact even though I knew COVID-19 was coming thanks to brilliant global scientists and the hard-working, dedicated medical community.
So here we are. Hopefully all of us are heeding the warnings to social distance in an effort to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19. Wherever you find yourself today, we are still the body of Christ at Avondale United Methodist Church. You can still worship God. You can still praise God for the blessings you’ve been given. You can still cry out to God if you find yourself struggling, alone, uncertain, or afraid. God knows your joys … and God knows your pain.
I’ve created an order of worship for folks that can be done today (or any day for that matter) either by yourself or with your family. I hope you find it meaningful to worship no matter where you find yourself this day. Click here to download the PDF.
Also, for ongoing messages, follow us on Facebook for regular updates and words of encouragement. You’ll see daily video blogs from myself and other clergywomen from the Avondale, Woodlawn, and East Lake community. Five us are collaborating in what we’re calling #EastSideLIFELINE to bring messages of affirmation, hope, and encouragement in the midst of this uncertain and anxious time.
Please remember to give to the church during this time. As you are modifying your routines and daily living, it is also very helpful for you to swap your giving to our online option at this time. This reduces the steps it takes for us to get your gift deposited, and it eliminates someone having to physically handle your gift. You can set up recurring giving or give a one-time gift by clicking here. Of course, if you still prefer to mail your gift, we will certainly take it. You can mail it to 500-40th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222.
Wherever you find yourself today, know that you are loved … you are cherished … you are affirmed … you are beloved by the God who created us all. Live in that knowledge and assurance.
Rev. Malinda Jowers Weaver