Easter Ritual

We gather in quiet. Sunlight streams into the darkness as doors are opened. The very candle we extinguished on Good Friday enters the room. The candle is passed throughout the Sanctuary until it is finally placed amid a wreath of flowers.  We light the candle and proclaim, “He is Risen”! ….and the celebration begins. 

COVID-19 Update: 2 of 5

This episode speaks to the unique role that each staff member is playing at this critical moment in the life of the church. We encourage you to listen to it....pray for each staff member in the days ahead....and offer assistance if you feel called to do so.

Palm Parade Montage (2020)

We had a wonderful Palm Sunday Celebration yesterday. We've added some extra photos and videos to this montage. Thanks to all our participants, past and present alike! You can watch the entire service by clicking on this link.

Palm Sunday

A poem entitled Palm Sunday, by Malcolm Guite Now to the gate of my Jerusalem, the seething holy city of my heart, the Savior comes. But will I welcome Him? Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start; They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing, and think the battle is won.Too soon they’ll … Continue reading Palm Sunday

Church helping CHURCH: practical thoughts for Pastors navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Pastor Friends, many of us, if not all of us, are struggling to determine the best way for us to lead our flocks in the COVID-19 Pandemic. I've struggled with where to begin. I've found it incredibly challenging to navigate leadership in the current moment while simultaneously planning for a long season ahead. It's easy … Continue reading Church helping CHURCH: practical thoughts for Pastors navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Leading Churches during the Coronavirus Pandemic

We have experienced tremendous disruptions to daily life as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across our nation and the globe. Many of us as church leaders are struggling to find ways to adapt to the situation. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Sterling Severns (Senior Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, VA) and Art Wright (Theologian in … Continue reading Leading Churches during the Coronavirus Pandemic

LOVE GOD. LOVE NEIGHBOR. A significant update on the COVID-19 Situation.

LOVE GOD. LOVE NEIGHBOR. A significant update on the COVID-19 Situation.  We have decided to cancel all in-person church events for the remainder of March. Our concern is the wellbeing of the city and the most vulnerable among us. Our hope is that keeping a social distance for this short time will help the community by … Continue reading LOVE GOD. LOVE NEIGHBOR. A significant update on the COVID-19 Situation.