There is an old church song by Donald Marsh & Richard Avery that goes,
"The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place; the church is a people.
I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,all around the world! Yes, we're the church together!"
Who would have thought just a couple of weeks ago that we would not be in our church building to worship! And yet even without a building, we are the church.
I was in the building today gathering up some things to work on from home. It's just not the same without all of you. I miss the Sunday School teachers coming in and gathering their teaching tools in the morning as they set up. I miss my Sunday School Superintendent partners and our easy chatting about our lives. But most of all I miss the children - the dash as they hurry from church to their classrooms, the happy smiles as they go about their stories and projects, the few minutes of talk with them. The building was quiet, empty, and lonely because the "church" wasn't there.
You know in the early days of the church, there were no buildings, and yet the church was strong, meeting in people's homes. Today we have to find new ways to connect as a church, just as schools need to find new ways to teach. And we will. The church has survived for over 2000 years and will continue. We are just spread out a bit more. The building sits pretty much empty, but the church is alive. I am the church, You are the church, yes, we're the church together!
See below for some ways we are going to start to connect.