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Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat arising green.

        Hymn 237 from the Canadian Common Praise

The wheat arising this week was my first attempt to making sourdough bread from a starter that was gifted to me.  After a mid-recipe course correction, the result was surprisingly edible.  If anything, this last year has taught a little flexibility goes a long way towards maintaining resilience.  We’ve never done so many things in a new way before, but they are leading to life.   In the stewardship course that a couple of St. Martin’s parishioners are taking with me, we learned about the “grace margin”:  that place between safety and fear where real learning happens.  We are called to dance in that space and marvel at what God is providing next. 

Something we’ve never done before at St. Martin’s is have outside services for Holy Week and Easter!  Both Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday will remain virtual, so please Zoom in to join the community.  But now the parish has been given permission to move ahead for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, following a safety plan submitted to the diocese and operating under the restrictions of BC public health authorities.  You will need to be 1) healthy and do a risk assessment of whether coming on site is the best option for you and 2) reserve a spot through signing up through Eventbrite.  If it is too risky for you or the attendance limit has been reached, do not fear: you can still join in with Zoom or watch on YouTube.   As we walk the way of the cross together this next week, please join me in prayer for love to come again and renew lives that have felt buried during the long dark days.