Pastor Rick's Letter to the Congregation, April, 2021

This month we celebrate Easter! But before we get to Easter, this coming Sunday we celebrate Passion Sunday. The Reverend Lamont Wiltsee has put together a thoughtful service about the meaning of atonement. This will also be our moment to dedicate our contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing. I am grateful for Lamont’s assistance with the morning service since later that same day we will gather on Zoom to celebrate the life of George Wilson. One of the gifts we offer one another is the creation of an open and loving space in which to celebrate the life of one we love as we support one another through the loss. I know that we will be on holy ground.

Easter Sunday is April 4 this year. I still haven’t figured out how to do a Zoom Easter egg hunt with the children. But we will make it a festive service of life, resurrection and rising together as a beloved community. Even though we will not be gathering together face-to-face, we will be joining one another on Zoom, and in a year that has felt like an endless Lent, Easter comes as a welcome joyful reminder of the goodness of life and the possibility for rebirth. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am!

On Sunday, April 11, we welcome to the chapel’s Zoom pulpit The Reverend Caroline Murphy. Caroline is a chaplain living and ministering in Vancouver, Washington. She has also been to the Chapel many times during her visits with Kate and Arthur Latimer. Please give her a warm welcome! I will be away from April 5 through 12.

May this year’s Easter be but one of many rebirths for each one of us, for our wider community, and for the world.

Your partner in our shared ministry,

Rev. Rick Yramategui