We live in the strangest of days, strangest in my lifetime and most of
yours, too. No one knows where this pandemic will lead us, but be sure, we
have little say in its course. For the first time in forever, we have to accept
some powerlessness, swallow our pride and take orders from something we
can’t even see. It’s not the first time humanity has been down this road,
and it won’t be the last, but Covid-19 is ours, all ours. How shall we live?
First, take stock of what we know. We know that humanity has no
immunity to this illness and there is no vaccine. Doctors and researchers
around the planet are working to find something, anything, that will treat
this virus, but we aren’t there yet. And we are early in this pandemic,
something like the 2nd inning of a 9 inning baseball game. This is going to
be a long, difficult struggle, so prepare yourselves now for that reality.
What does that mean for us at church? We plan to continue
broadcasting in multiple ways as we move forward. The Church is Calling
and Mixlr have been used for a while. Facebook Live is working well, but
upgrades to broadcasts are coming. These are essential to keeping us
together separately as long as we need to gather apart
And that presents the giant question, doesn’t it? When can we be
back together? When can we worship and meet in the same room? The
state has said this month, but, really? How do we do that and stay well? Do
we have any answers? No, not really. But we will ask and seek and ask
some more. We will find a way through this by being patient but also
hopeful and searching. It is our way.
There is another, bigger question, maybe the biggest of all in our
church: What about the Lord’s Supper? How in the world will we do that?
Everybody has an idea, and maybe multiple ways will work at once. We
have to talk about all of these things and share our insights. There is no
magic answer that will work for everybody. That’s just the truth.
While I don’t know many answers, I do know this: We are Disciples
of Christ, a movement of wholeness in a fragmented world. Out of many,
God made us one. We won’t all do communion in the same way when we
gather together sometime in the future for worship. But God will be there
and we will somehow share in the Lord’s Supper and, like our ancestors
before us, our faith shall be strengthened for the living of difficult days.