What good can come from this mess?
A friend shared an article with me the other day where the author concluded that having our church buildings closed is one of the best things to happen to the body of Christ in a long time. He concluded that if it stretches on and on it could put a major dent in consumer Christianity or even an end to it. I don't think it will be that extreme but he made a lot of interesting points.
His conclusion was that being forced from sitting in our straight rows, listening, singing a little and hardly interacting at all is forcing us to find creative ways to connect with others, serve and encourage. We're checking into online devotions, connecting in online conferences, making phone calls and writing letters. Suddenly much of the church has opened its eyes to see the needs around it. This virus has no respect for status, wealth, jobs, education or even borders. We are all the same. Now, we have to be more intentional about pursuing spiritual growth.
Yes, for the foreseeable future, everything is different. We have to rethink all our routines. Parents need to rethink daily schedules. Families are rethinking budgets to determine what is "essential" and "non-essential" in the face of unemployment, furloughs, and uncertainty. We're all eating our leftovers rather than tossing them out.
Is church essential or is the Church essential? Is that the same question? I'll let you chew on that for a bit until we talk about it again on Sunday morning watching the online live stream and missing each other terribly.
We're changing up our weekly newsletter until we can meet in person again. Our weekly focus will turn to practical ideas that we can implement as the active church of Jesus in our community and in our homes. Our newsletter may be longer than normal but, we're hoping you'll keep it handy with links for our online meet-ups, ideas for personal study, ideas for serving and activities to do with your children.
Please, let's be intentional about walking with Jesus and drawing closer to God in our day-to-day lives. Let's also be intentional about connecting with one another by phone, by text, by Zoom gatherings and through Facebook Live. I challenge even those of you who are introverts to connect in small groups of even another one or two people. Even if you do not need the connections, you might very well be the connection that someone else needs.
Join us Sunday morning for our online gathering. I am trying to make it as interactive as possible and working to include all parts of our church family from the youngest to the oldest. We begin at 10 AM but I have been putting music and video up as a sort of prelude to our time together. This Sunday's focus? "Is Jesus essential or non-essential in my life?"
I'm praying. I hope you are praying too! Reach out if you have needs. Let's lean on each other and be the Body described in Scripture.
Love you guys!