I hope you had a great Easter!
I certainly needed the Easter celebration. It was good to be reminded of the hope that we have found in the empty tomb. On Good Friday, we had a band lead us, and on Easter the choir was present. Thank you to everyone who made those experiences happen!
Now that we’re on the other side of Easter, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next. Eventually, we will return to normal. Eventually, the stay-at-home order will be lifted. Eventually, we will be back together again. However, we don’t know when that will be and we don’t know how quickly that return will be. Possibly we’re looking at a phased return to normal life.
For us as a church, I’ve been thinking about what we have learned during this time that we need to still be paying attention to after we return. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to write a few Pastor’s Notes about some of what I’ve seen and learned that hopefully we will continue after this is over.
One of the first things that comes to mind is how intentional our church has been about relationships. I know of Sunday school classes and small groups that are meeting online. I know of many in our church that are making lots and lots of phone calls just to check-in with folks.
It’s easy to start to think that church is an event that you go to. Church is not an event that we attend once a week, it’s a body that we belong to. This crisis has reminded us of how we belong to one another through Jesus. This is a valuable lesson. There are so many things we take for granted, and one of those is relationships. We’ve learned that you can’t take relationships for granted, you have to cultivate them.
If you would like to get involved, we have new (virtual) classes and groups starting now. Just because we’re distanced from one another, doesn’t mean we have to be isolated from one another. I encourage you to take a deeper step in discipleship by joining a class with others from Schweitzer.
God is faithful.