For the past six months, we have all been in a period of “exile” from our normal lives due to the covid-19 pandemic, including exile from attending in person worship at St Andrew’s. Last Sunday a remnant (29 people), following the most recent health guidelines from the county and state, returned from exile to gather for worship in our beautiful sanctuary. It was good to see familiar faces (though masked) and share prayer concerns in person. I hope that those of you who couldn’t be there viewed the video. As we gather again this Sunday, we will hear the Word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah to God’s people who were languishing in exile, promising them comfort, healing and restoration in their home (Isaiah 40:1-11). “Comfort, O comfort my people,” says your God. May you experience God’s caring presence and comfort.