Midweek contemplative spaces available on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7 pm
As Pastor Inger wrote in our February newsletter, the pandemic came to Jackson just about a year ago, a few weeks into Lent. While we observed the subsequent liturgical seasons, in some ways it feels like we are entering what we never seemed to have left. In this year where remembering we are dust feels far less optional, far less momentary, the better analogy of Ash Wednesday and the invitation of Lent is pulling up a chair, settling in and being present to all the changes and realizations the pandemic has brought us.
Shepherd of the Mountains will be open throughout the day (10 am – 7pm). In the sanctuary, you are welcome to rotate through one or more contemplative stations. When you are ready, return to the narthex to pick out a special gift (one per person) for “living with Lent,” and receive your ashes as you leave. Please wear masks and practice physical distancing.
Due to the pandemic, the council passed a continuing resolution in December to allow this year’s Annual Congregational Meeting to take place via Zoom on January 31, 2021 at 11am. An email with annual report packet and the zoom link was sent out on Tuesday, January 26th. If you have not received it but would like to attend, please let the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Inger (email@example.com) know ASAP.
Check it out! YouTube makes it easier to see a service on television screens. You can also catch up on “episodes” you may have missed. Tiny Desk Worship services are also posted each week to our Facebook page (Shepherd of the Mountains ELCA, Jackson Hole).
On Wednesday evenings at 6 pm this Advent, we will pause and gather (for now by zoom) for “cruciform prayer” with song and candles. “Cruciform” means “cross-shaped,” and as we pray, we know that God is shaping us to become more like Christ. We start with God at our center, move outward to God’s world, back to ourselves, and then to the needs of friends and enemies. Email or message Pastor Inger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church (email@example.com) if you would like the link to join us live! A recording will be made available after.