When I think of all the various programs that are re-starting at the church, I think of so many churches that are deciding to do various things differently. Concentrating on small group and home-based studies and ministries. Service projects taking the lead, rather than traditional Confirmation programs. Continuing online worship, as people have different lives. All part of a transition and the working of the Holy Spirit, I believe.
As a seminary student, now with one year behind me, I wonder about what Church will look like in three years when I finish my classes, or by the time I finish my ministry. I know things are changing rapidly, and we are listening. Our church has service in its DNA -- has for all the years I've worshiped here. We have a variety of studies. And our online worship was not set up for a season, but for the long run.
Speaking of online worship, Mike and I need to say this thank you. Thank you for making it possible for us to continue to worship, throughout the pandemic and even now. The pandemic is NOT over. This Delta variant is pretty deadly. That may be a different opinion from others, but for a person working in health care and her spouse with multiple medical problems, we are being cautious about our exposures. Mike was told early on that with heart and lung problems, he would likely end up in the hospital if he contracted this illness. So we locked in and waited out the worst of this, like so many did. Thank you again for keeping our faith life intact.