Pr. Jessica's Weekly Message - 5/5/21

Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done marvelous things,
  whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.  Psalm 98:1


Dear friends in Christ,


  Alleluia! Psalm 98 is such a wonderful Easter Psalm. God has done marvelous things in raising Jesus from the dead. Because of that marvelous thing, there is a new creation. There is a creation in which death is not the end of our story, victory over evil has been accomplished, all evidence to the contrary, and we are freed by the grace of forgiveness to turn towards our neighbors in love, not fear. God is always doing something new. We are witnesses of that good news. Can we see it? Can we hear it?

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THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 5/9: This is Cross Roads Camp Sunday! There are lots of ways to worship. You can participate at our normal worship time, 10:15AM by accessing the worship recording on our Facebook page:, or join the Cross Roads staff and other worshipers from all over NJ at 5PM on the camp Instagram account: or Facebook page:



SUNDAY SCHOOL: There will be an adult Sunday School class on 5/9, at 9AM, led by Jan Gallagher:



EASTER OFFERINGS: Because we have not been meeting in person for so long, our feast offerings and memorials are far below what they usually are. If you are a person who usually makes a special Easter offering, it’s not too late and we invite you to do that.


CHURCH REOPENING: The Council thanks those of you who filled out the survey about returning to in-person, indoor worship. We have a plan!

  •  We will return to in-person worship on Sunday, May 23rd, Pentecost Sunday

  •  We will live-stream in-person services for those who are at home

  •  We will have in-person worship every other Sunday through the Summer. The dates of in-person worship are: 5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29

  •   On the alternating Sundays, we will all be on Zoom and Facebook, as we have been

  •   When we gather in person, masks will be required and we will have socially distant seating. Please sit only where you find a bulletin and not in the roped off areas. You will be asked not to move around the sanctuary unless necessary. 

  •   Bathrooms in the basement will be open for one person, or one family group, at a time. 

  •   Services will be shorter, and only Chris (or Nathan) will be singing. 

  •   The Bread of Communion will be distributed after the liturgy as you leave through the parking lot doors. 

  •   There will be designated areas in the sanctuary for parents to take children, who will be allowed to unmask and eat a snack if needed, or grab a book or toy

  •   We will not at this time have fellowship in the Hall after worship. We can socialize in the parking lot if we wish.

More details will be forthcoming, but mark the above dates on your calendars if you are likely to attend in person. And let me know if you are willing to serve as a reader or greeter!


I am so hopeful, and so excited for this big step. Come, Holy Spirit!

In Christ, 

Pastor Jess