September is a time of many changes. Children go back to school;
some in person, some virtually, and for some, it will be a hybrid
experience. Programs ramp up. I have even seen a few leaves that have
started to turn color. The lazy, hazy days of summer draw to an end. But
this September is unlike any in our memory.
When schools reopen, it will not be like before. What will the school
day look like? How will the kids get to school? How many bus trips will
it take? There are so many unanswered questions that we never
would have anticipated…all because of the now, too familiar, COVID19.
This month we as a congregation will be returning to in-person
worship. Your re-opening committee has been meeting and praying
and working on how we can do this safely. We are already having inperson,
physically distanced, council meetings, finance, and
reopening committee meetings. After surveying those attending drivein
worship, we found the results split exactly in half regarding the
desire to continue drive-in worship and the desire to resume indoor
worship. We are going to do both simultaneously.
Worship will look different and is still a work in progress. We want
everyone to feel safe, which is why we are continuing drive-in worship
as long as it’s needed.
We are by nature, creatures who seek to be with each other. These
months without seeing each other have been difficult. Friends that are
introverts have confessed it's been too much, even for them.
For the foreseeable future, gone are the days of handshaking and
hugging. We may nod, wave, or bow to each other for the peace. This
will not be worship as we once knew it…it will be something new and
different. God has stretched our imaginations and we have learned to
gather differently this summer. God will continue to inspire us and lead
us as we return to in-person worship.
What does God have in mind for us? I cannot help but think of the
scripture, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart
conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1
Corinthians 2:9), which the Apostle Paul quoted from the prophet
Isaiah. God is good all of the time. All of the time God is good.
May God give you God's peace today and always.
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