In times of crisis, it has always been the role of churches and synagogues to give people a safe place to gather and receive comfort and support. This is not possible with what the world is experiencing at the moment. With the need for social distancing, places of worship have had to come up with innovative ways of reaching their congregation to give them messages they need to hear. Christ Church in Easton thinks that the message ‘we’re weathering the storm together’ is one that needs to be told, and they’re telling it in a stirring music video.
Recorded and edited in just three days by Ray Remesch, the song Hold Us Together, is performed by a talented musical team, which includes Bruce Strazza, Justin Pokrywka, Jimmy Maguire, Sara Chapple, Greg Remesch, Ray Remesch, and Tawney Strazza.
Although the song is about being together, each musician performs alone, in the empty church, with their voices later combined in layered tracks.“The fact that we’re all experiencing this is bringing people together because we’re all experiencing the same type of separation. I just wanted to find a way to illustrate that,” says Remesch.
The message of hope has resonated within the community as thanks and praise for the video continues to pour in.
Val Cavalheri is a recent transplant to the Eastern Shore, having lived in Northern Virginia for the past 20 years. She’s been a writer, editor and professional photographer for various publications, including the Washington Post.