There can be a point when dealing with this pandemic where not only does our spiritual health need help but our emotional and mental health need help. Bishop Hughes reminds us that there is no shame in asking for that.
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Even though we're under a stay-at-home order and have to maintain physical distance, we're still connected by our hearts, by our loves and by God's love for each of us – and we can continue to nurture our connection to God and to each other without leaving our houses.
At the first Easter, the women were going to tell the disciples the tomb was empty when they ran into Jesus. Bishop Hughes asks, where are WE running into Jesus?
As we prepare to celebrate Easter in our homes instead of our church buildings, Bishop Hughes reflects on what the story of Hagar teaches about how God can help us deal with circumstances beyond our control.
Holy Week this year is going to be a very different experience for us. Bishop Hughes talks about how we can still find holiness in it. (Time: 4:59.)
This is Bishop Hughes in the Diocese of Newark. I want to talk with you today about Holy Week, and Holy Week in this time that we live in. It is going to be a very different experience of Holy Week this year. One where we enter in individually, where we enter in in families, where we enter in with a loved one or maybe by ourselves and we enter in to Holy Week in our own homes.
Though we may be physically distant we are connected to a God who loves us, and we are connected to each other, and all of the people that God loves. We may be in the wilderness for a while but I promise you every day of that wilderness we will be a sign of life or we will see a sign of life. (Time: 5:30.)
(The barking you hear in the background is Bishop Hughes' "Canine to the Ordinary," Abbey.)
This is Bishop Hughes of the Diocese of Newark, and I want to talk with you today about signs of life in the wilderness.
As I write this, we have one Sunday of online worship under our belts and a week to reflect on how it went – and no idea yet how long we’ll be doing this. I’d like to share some of my thoughts, as an active lay person who’s also a technology geek, on how online worship can be made easier on those who are producing it, and more accessible to those who participate in it – both members and visitors.
Here are some suggestions:
A message from Bishop Hughes.
Links to websites, tutorials and downloads to help with online worship.
In this time that we are in right now there seems to be all kinds of fear, and an abundance of anxiety. And the fears are quite real. And despite our fear and despite our anxiety God still is there and sending God's messengers to help us hear God's voice.