Psalm 65; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
The gospel passage from Matthew is a social distancing one when it comes to certain spiritual disciplines. It fits well with the times through which we are living when it comes to prayer, fasting, and giving to the needy.
The Psalm and epistle reading are much more expansive from the heavens to the earth. I’m always looking out my windows these days and losing myself in all I see in the smallness and depth of the landscape and gardens I tend.
At our worship via Zoom yesterday, I received one report that I could be heard well but could not be seen. If this was the case, I certainly wasn’t trying to follow the Matthew 6 guidelines of not being seen. Somehow my video may have been shut off. I’m sorry if you couldn’t see me. Technology continues to be a little challenge to master.
If you haven’t heard the good news yet, the church received the loan for which we applied. Funds from the Paycheck Protection Program under the Cares Act have been deposited in the church bank account. The church has received the entire amount for which we applied totaling $8,662.
This evening there will be a church council meeting via Zoom at 7 pm. This will give me another opportunity to practice with Zoom and to make sure I can be seen as well as heard.
The following are some questions that I thought are good to ponder as the council gathers this evening. If you would like to send in any answers to these via email, please feel free to do so.
Where have you experienced community in the midst of this pandemic?
What might it look like when our congregation is able to begin some face-to-face gatherings?
Share what you might want to see new or done differently?
What fears or concerns do you have?
What are you most looking forward to?
What are you willing to suspend or give up in order to be as safe as possible?
How can we be more creative?
What lessons have we learned from our time apart together?
I hadn’t seen anybody in the church in person for awhile until Laurine Lynch just stopped by with some masks she has made. One thing I am most looking forward to in the life of the church is actually seeing and being with the people of the church even if we’re six feet apart and wearing masks. In the meantime, if you are in need of a mask, contact Laurine at 860-214-8709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lord, thank you for your word, the gift of prayer and each and every person in the Berlin Congregational Church. Amen.
Blessings on your day,