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On these summer Sundays, as we move cautiously toward resuming in-person worship services on August 1, we are listening to the stories of the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem after nearly sixty years of exile in Babylon. Our time apart has not been nearly as long, nor has our devastation been as great. But we have been separated and the pandemic has wreaked havoc on our lives, on our community, and on our world.

As was said last Sunday, much in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah is quite removed from our situation. These books don’t speak directly to our circumstances as a congregation in a pandemic some two and a half millennia after the end of the exile.

But these books do speak.

And this morning’s lesson speaks to the experience of resuming worship. It tells us something of what we might expect in the coming weeks: weeping and shouts of joy.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Ezra 3:10-13; Matthew 13:51-53

SERMON       “Deep Memory, Deep Joy”

The Rev. Bill Lovin preaching


SOLO             “Lord, Make Me an Instrument” (Jonathan Willcocks)

                        Colin Wilson


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