15 June 2020
A Moment to Reflect – 42
The photograph is of the Black Isle shrouded in layers of fog.
Sometimes life can seem like this-a journey through patchy fog.
In the past few weeks I’ve read comments from several of my colleagues about the challenges and opportunities of these strange times we are going through. Some have admitted to feeling very stressed and disorientated because as ministers we cannot minister in any of the ways we had for so long come to expect as normal. This is particularly true with regard to funerals—and I’ve had quite a few of those to conduct in recent weeks. It is also true with regard to preparing and leading worship which now has to be done in the virtual world. We’ve all had to try and find news of connecting.
However, one colleague did say to me in a message, “It is exciting finding new ways of doing church. An adventure!”
Of course, it is the global pandemic which has necessitated many of these changes and required some of us very quickly to learn new skills. But perhaps some of those changes would eventually have become necessary anyway as these prescient words from the late Rachel Held Evans* suggest.
“As the shape of Christianity changes and our churches adapt to a new world, we have a choice: we can drive our hearses around bemoaning every augur of death, or we can trust that the same God who raised Jesus from the dead is busy making something new. As long as Christians are breaking the bread, and pouring the wine, as long as we are healing the sick and baptizing sinners, as long as we are preaching the Word and paying attention, the church lives, and Jesus said even the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. We might as well trust him, since he knows a thing or two about the way out of the grave.”
― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church