Sunday, May 24, 8:45 am, during LIVE Worship
Dear Class of 2020,
This is definitely not how you planned your senior year. You planned for spring sports, senior trips and a little space to hang out with friends without pressure because eventually your college decision will be made. You planned to take the lead as class presidents or team captain. There is no one above you in the school, this is your year.
It is still your year.
You have always been strong, faithful and vocal. You have showed up for each other, for causes and the most vulnerable over the years. In confirmation, you wrote mission statements at our closing retreats that you probably don’t remember but you have been living them.
You all are incredibly resilient. You have resources of strength and faith that will guide you through the coming days and help you be church with and for one another. Remember who you are in the waters of baptism, a child of God.
We don’t know what will happen with all things that go along with being a senior but you are losing a lot. That is grief. Name it and claim it. Be sad. Talk about it with other seniors. Journal. Pray. Write all the things down you will lose and put it away in a jar. Grief is real.
This is still your year. I know each of you and you are amazing, loving and creative. Claim your identity as a child of God and do something creative with this time. You don’t have to do it for a resume or college or for a story. Just be church.
Show up for each other. Love one another, especially your family. Practice hospitality is some creative ways. Consider who might need a phone call. Offer hope. Lead with love. Rest. Take a nap. Learn something new. Find out who needs something you can do, don’t do it without asking if they NEED it. BE church.
Know that the church has not closed. We are here for you. If you need anything, please text me 980-329-2121 or email any one of the pastors. We are here for you and we are sorry for your loss.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush