We are moving toward our sixth Sunday of online worship this week. We are learning more each week about how to connect in a time of “social distancing.” I am grateful to all of you who are watching and especially to those who are making this happen. I have already mentioned the editing work Brent Nowell is doing. I also want to thank Susan and Roger Hoover who are spending hours exploring our collection of wonderful Sanctuary Choir anthems and hymns. Some of them are reminders of different hairstyles from just a few years ago! Thanks for a job well done!
The big question of the day is this: “when will things get back to normal?” I am in an online discussion group of pastors across the South about that very question. The easy answer is this: we don’t know. But we do know these two things: 1) we will closely follow the guidelines outlined by the federal and state governments; and 2) we will continue to work to be prepared.
One of the fellows in our discussion group had this to say: The keyword for us is “flexibility.” That means that we may have a new normal for a while. This week we are working to see how many people can be in the many rooms of our church, including the Sanctuary, at one time while keeping safe social distance.
What can we do as a church? Let me outline just a few things: 1) Keep praying every day for our church, our community, and our world. Remember those in the health care field and those first responders who are facing incredible challenges in our world. Join others in our church in praying at 20:20 (8:20 pm) daily; 2) Stay in touch with each other. Several Sunday School classes are having Zoom video classes. If your class wants to do that and doesn’t have the technology installed yet, please let me know and I will ask one of our staff members to assist you. If you can’t do that, the class I normally teach has a Zoom class led by Andy True. If you want to be a part of that group, please email me at email@example.com and we will get you the information on how to join us; 3) Keep being faithful in your stewardship. You have been incredible in your response to our financial opportunities, and; 4) Let us know if you know of any needs we can respond to during this time.
Let me close with a quote I heard from Cliff Corker at his installation as a United States District Court Judge last fall. Cliff said that his dad closed every conversation with him with these words: “Keep looking up!” Let’s all try that this week. We will be sending Facebook, YouTube, and website videos out Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Join us whenever you can!