Many of us learned a rhyme as a child. Some of you may know it, too. “Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.”

Clearly, this was a rhyme before March 2020…

As the Broad Street congregation, we have worshiped together on living room sofas, on cellphones during road trips (not the driver), in the park, and at last in our sanctuary again.

Isaiah’s words ring true right now,

I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

We are grateful for the ways we have been able to be a community and worship together during the last two years. As we approach March 2022, we invite you once again to worship with us in the sanctuary. At last, we can see one another and hear the choir, as well as the refurbished organ.

We know for lots of us, we’re out of the habit of driving or walking to church! We have replaced Sunday morning worship with other things. Some of our reasons are very good, but sometimes it is just hard to start up something again, to take the first step. Lent is a great time to start again.

We miss you! We’re not writing to guilt you. In fact, we’re striving for a guilt-free Lent, a “Good Enough” Lent. Know that if you haven’t been back to the sanctuary, you’re definitely not the only one! Every Sunday is someone else’s first time back.

Like the rhyme, we’re simply writing to separate our thumbs and open the doors – and as you’re ready, we’re ready to see you!


During the pandemic, how has your Sunday routine changed?


-Written by Rev. Amy Miracle, Rev. Ann Palmerton, Brittany Porch, Bill Boggs, Jim Hildreth

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  1. Jim Wilson March 2, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

    As someone who has been back, I just want those that have not that I have felt safe every time I have been back–thanks to the staff for making it so! Come back when you are ready, but I miss seeing everyone!

  2. David Williams March 2, 2022 at 10:48 am - Reply

    During the pandemic, I changed nothing. I went to service, talked to fellow worshippers and went to Sunday lunch. I went to a congregation that had services not bowing to the government. Yes, there was other options for those that felt differently, but nothing to appease just one side but inspire all sides. I won’t mask up to get ashes today. I choose to worship God free and unfettered, not cowering because he gives me strength. God Bless.

  3. D. Sharpe March 2, 2022 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    We appreciate all the ways BSPC has kept us safe, and yet, fully connected and welcomed, over the last two years. Our family, especially our preschool and Kindergarten sons, have enjoyed our return to in-person, front pew, children’s time, worship. See you again soon!

  4. Betty Lou Stull March 2, 2022 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I echo Jim’s sentiment. This is such a great community, a “good enough” community, but it would be so much more interesting if everyone were back!

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