(RNS) — The Rev. Nick Bruckner stood atop a mound of snow as he preached about taking time to reflect during the Lenten season and urged the faithful to not “drift through life.”

The strong winds made it difficult for him to flip the pages of his Bible.

He used the remains of a plastic cup to shield his microphone and block the swooshing sounds of the gusts. Bruckner placed a cellphone, which he protected inside a cardboard box, next to the microphone to project piano music to the crowd.

His estimated 35 guests listened and sang hymns from inside their vehicles.

This was Sunday service (March 22) during the coronavirus pandemic in Unalakleet, a village on the northwest coast of Alaska.

Unalakleet is a

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