June 2020 

Choosing How to Begin

When I first realized that we were going to have to close our church doors back in the middle of March, my first thought was: How will we still worship God? And I said that with good reason.
In a few words, God’s first covenant with God’s people was: I will be your God and you will be my people. It was a simple covenant, but a profound relationship! After all, aren’t we forever trying to get back to that garden which we lost long ago? Some theologians
would say that’s why Jesus resurrection took place in a garden and also why, when it comes to heaven, the bible places us back in a garden once again. It represents being re-united with God and having life the way as God intended it to be. Later, God encouraged that relationship with God’s people when he commanded:
“Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy.”

It is for the same reason, when I found out that we could start meeting again, but with only a few activities, that I chose worship first. For worship does several things. Even in a day when church experts encourage us to invest ourselves in programs that meet important needs like learning and belonging, I still believe that we have a deeper need of union with God. We gather for worship and respond to God with offerings and making decisions about our relationships to God, but primarily, it is in worship that we encounter the Word of God. That’s why Jesus said of Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and listened, to her sister Martha, “Mary has chosen the better part.”
It is the Word of God that tells us something about who God is and who we are. And it is in our identity and purpose that we find meaning. It is in worship that we find faith, hope, and love and then, are sent out to offer these things to the world.
After Jesus’ ascension, the book of Acts tells us that the disciples waited for the power of the Holy Spirit to come by gathering in a room together for prayer. As God breathes new life into us, I pray we will gather around God’s Word and prayer, that we will be prepared to be re-united with God once again and have life as God intended it to be.

In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger