Date: March 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are constantly with you as we are temporarily forced to be apart physically.
The Mayor of Tucson, Regina Romero, has now ordered that all non essential businesses must remain closed from March 28 through Friday, April 17 and has advised residents to stay at home when possible. What this means is that we will not be able to gather together physically until sometime after Easter Sunday.
This is a very hard thing for us. We are a family at Streams. We are used to greeting each other warmly with a handshake and a hug. We derive comfort and strength from one another’s presence. We are God’s gift to one another, a gift of love.
I looked at my video of the sermon for this Sunday and my first reaction was, “Man, that guy looks way too serious!” As I thought about that, it occurred to me that the problem was that I was preaching to an empty room. The building does not inspire me with warmth and caring. It’s the people who gather in that room that enliven me. I need to focus on your spirits gathered in that room along with me.
We all need to focus on our family of faith at Streams, our second home. We need to pray for one another, call one another, and contact one another by email and other social media. We may have to physically distance ourselves, but we can be constantly in one another’s social presence!
It is my intention in the weeks to come to record more of the worship resources along with my sermon for your spiritual benefit. I will do my best to make your Holy Week and Easter special as we worship together separately in our homes. And if I focus on your spiritual presence with me so that I realize that the sanctuary is not really empty, I will even smile a little more!!!
I love you all and miss you (but we will be together soon),
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church
5360 E. Pima Street
Tucson, AZ 85712