In the midst of this roller coaster ride of a pandemic we have all been on, I feel the need to pause, take a deep breath, and express my deepest gratitude. So, thank you, whoever you are who reads these words. Thank you for your patience as we have groped our way to being the Church together, while physically apart from one another; learning from our mistakes and discovering how to maintain our communal identity with no roadmaps to guide us. Thank you for your faithfulness, expressed through your continued attention to the mission of the church; for the ongoing generosity you have demonstrated in maintaining your pledges of time, treasure and talent. Thank you for your constancy in praying and in caring for one another. Thank you for not losing sight of what is of utmost and ultimate value in life, through your participation in online worship services, as well as Zoom Centering Prayer and Worship Connection and Coffee Fellowship gatherings. Thank you, church leadership for tirelessly researching, reporting and evaluating the best available (and constantly evolving) practices and precautions for regathering in a truly inclusive and safe manner. Thank you, congregation for your trust and support throughout it all. Most of all, thank You Lord. Thank you for your sustaining, comforting, empowering, forgiving and loving presence. You have summoned us to be your people and if this pandemic has taught us anything it is that we cannot live up to that call apart from You.