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.