Pastor John’s Journal on July 12, 2020
The church continues through uncharted territory of staying home for worship. In my 15 years as pastor, I never thought we would share the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sundays through a digital platform, and for a prolonged period of time. But this is where we are because of the real threat and the unknown characteristics of COVID-19.
Our church council is asking that the membership stay home for worship. For those who miss coming to the building, we are experimenting with allowing less than ten worshippers per Sunday (including the pastor and musician). Many of our members are okay with participating from home. For the few who are wanting to come, my concern is that most of them are in the riskiest age category. While I respect that it is their right and their choice to come to church; that doesn’t change my concern and that I dread the thought of one of our seniors catching the virus.
I wish life could deal us easier hands to play, that our decisions could always be easy, and that right choices would always be the most obvious. I really don’t have a clear answer to the question, “Who should be coming to church on Sunday morning?” If you do come, I ask that you have a conversation with your children. Once you have their blessing, please let me know (every week) whether or not you are coming. I think if you are watching the services alone – that could be a reason to want to come to the church.
Wherever you are, the gospel tells us we are never alone and that we are connected to each other through Christ, like grapes on a vine. Those are my thoughts as I share my journal today.
The Lord be with you always.
– Pastor John