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Rest in the Gospel

July 1, 2020

Leadership Notes

Our return to in-person worship {June 21} saw about 75 on campus and about 40 real time streamers {though we don't know actual numbers of people, since more than one person could be worshiping from each location}. I love the heart and desire Covenant Church folks have for worship, regardless of the platform. As we've said, live streaming will be with us for a long time. We also know that many more are viewing at a time other than Sunday morning. Regardless of when we worship, let's not forget to give regularly and generously to the mission and ministry of Covenant Church.

Last Friday morning, a fox trotted past my office window. I got a picture. It was a cool moment.

We adjusted well to the election of new church officers. They will be ordained/ installed sometime in July, once we figure out the best way to do it while respecting social distancing.

In a survey of people who were regular worship attenders before the quarantine, nearly two-thirds said they were uncomfortable or very uncomfortable about returning to in-person worship. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Jesus spoke to mobs and about mobs. Mob mentality is never a good thing. The mob feeds on ugliness. You'll never hear a mob marching to the words of Galatians 5:22-23! Real mobs manifest in protests, marches, social media and even news outlets. I'm glad I'm an introvert. Last thing we want is to be part of a mob. Our rally cry is "What do we want? To be left alone. When do we want it? Now!"

Social scientists have noted in recent years the increase of narcissism across our culture. I think some of what we're seeing, in so many different places, is reflective of that.