When we began our sheltering in place in mid-March I think most of us had no idea that almost two months later we would still be in this situation. But here we are, and it looks like here we'll be for the foreseeable future. In those early days, when we were feeling antsy because we had been in the house for a whole week, I sent a list of questions for us to ask ourselves each day. It seems like a good time to repeat them:
What am I grateful for today?
Who am I checking in on or connecting with today? (I encourage you to call someone in the directory who you don't know, introduce yourself and get to know one another.)
What expectations of "normal" am I letting go of today?
How am I getting outside today?
What beauty am I creating or inviting into my life today?

Here is something I'm grateful for today (and all week). On Sunday we will have two special guests as part of our service.

Our guest musician will be violinist Kerren Berz. Kerren has played at St. Dunstan's many times over the years. She is the Concertmaster for the Columbus (GA) Symphony, and teaches strings at The Galloway School. She has performed, recorded, and toured with the Atlanta Symphony, the Harlem Festival Orchestra, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She has also shared the stage with musical legends, including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and Joni Mitchell, among others. It will be a pleasure to hear her Sunday.

We also have a guest preacher. Diana Butler Bass will join us from her home in Alexandria, VA. Diana is a noted author and speaker on faith, spirituality, and contemporary culture. Many of you may remember that she gave lectures, taught Sunday School, and preached at St. Dunstan's during Lent 2019. We have read and discussed several of her books in Sunday School and the Tuesday morning study group. If you're looking for some good and thought-provoking reading I highly recommend Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, and Grounded: Finding God in the World. I look forward to hearing her.

I look forward to "seeing" you tonight at 8.

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