Middlesex United Methodist Church
Monday, April 19, 2021
Making Disciples - Transforming the World

Message from Pastor Rachel

MUMC Family, 

I've been reflecting a lot this week on what I was doing at this time one year ago. I remember during worship on March 8, 2020, encouraging everyone to not shake hands during the passing of the peace. We thought then that the flu was worse than COVID. When school suddenly closed and we decided to worship online only, we thought it would only be a couple of weeks. We never imagined all that happened in this past year. Each one of us is in a different place today: Frustrated. Fearful. Hopeful. Grateful. However you are feeling this week, I invite you to claim those feelings and, if it seems healthy for you, to find some way to mark this year. Maybe you could take a hike and scream from a hilltop, spend time doing something that relieves stress, find someone who could process this year with you, draw artwork in black sharpie or journal if that's your thing. Whatever you do, I hope you will remember this: You are still not alone. It may sound simple, but it is the truth. As heartbreaking as this year has been, as frustrated as we may still be, even when we are trying to grasp for hope wherever we can find it: God is still with us. 
We are busy preparing for the rest of what will be a meaningful and exciting Lenten and Easter season, including returning to worship inside our sanctuary March 14th. If you are planning on worshipping inside with us, please consider volunteering to greet or usher so that we can make this service the safest it can be.  Please also visit our website, where you'll find a video on the front page explaining how you can prepare for in person worship and what you can expect. We'll have written instructions on our webpage and emailed out to you before next Sunday. I am equally excited to worship with you inside our sanctuary, outside our building, and online. 
Friends, my prayers are with you as you enter this week that marks one crazy year. I hope you know that your MUMC community, myself included, is here when you need to be reminded that you are loved and not alone. See you tomorrow!