May 27, 2020
If you haven't heard, we're targeting June 21, 2020 for the resumption of in-person worship. Office Manager Lorrie Parker, Director of Music and Worship Arts Ben Nichols, Tech Guru Extraordinaire Andy Stephens, Director of Youth and Family Ministry Chris Nevins, and I will have our first planning meeting tomorrow, May 28, to begin the process of putting together protocols and procedures for worship. The building is now open for small groups and anyone who simply wants to sit in the sanctuary for prayer and solitude. Of course, social distancing is still the expected practice.
As I'm sure you can appreciate, no decision made during this pandemic is perfect or complete. Second guessing has been elevated to an art form. As someone said in Twitter:
The most powerful people and institutions can't agree on currently
available data or strategies to reduce harm around this virus. That
dissonance confuses the public, leading many to distrust and assume
"no one has the answers," which makes all answers appear equally credible.
It's easy to understand how making plans for anything can be mind-numbingly difficult. But as Nick Hall writes in Christian Post, as followers of Jesus, "we are called to honor, listen, love and serve." With that in mind, we have no choice but to engage in the task at hand.