May Pastor’s Pondering

I am writing this article the morning after Governor Evers announced an extension of his “safer-at-home” order. Of course, this means that our worship services will need to remain “on-line only” for yet a bit longer. Safe distancing and a ban on mass gatherings are difficult, but essential, to the health of our communities. Yet, there is a psychological and spiritual cost to be paid as we continue to worship together, but apart. What can we do to offer the most meaningful and worshipful Sunday services that both honor and praise God, while filling our hearts and minds and souls with a sustaining message of hope, love, and community?

That is the challenge of this “new thing” and pastors are spending a great deal of time comparing notes, offering ideas, and listening to feedback from parishioners as we try our best to bring the message of God’s love for each of us in Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior!

What is important to you in this new world of on-line worship? How can we do it better? I would love to know!

One thing that we all can do, and I know many of you have been doing this since the pandemic forced us to practice social distancing, is step up our efforts at communicating with one another by phone, text, email, video conferencing, writing letters and sending cards. This outreach ministry is so important right now so that people feel connected, less lonely, and a bit more positive about life in general. Communication is critical to maintaining a healthy sense of being a supportive church. Please take time each day to reach out to someone and simply let them know that they are not alone. We are together and God is with us.

The old saying in the church is, “We’ve never done it that way. . .” Well, my friends, God is doing a new thing! Let us each figure out what our new thing is going to be! We are all in this together, and we will get through this together. What might we learn? What new thing might we discover?

Blessings and See you “on-line!”

Pastor Will

 

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