September 1, 2020
If you are like me, you’ve heard the word pivot too many times since March. We’ve had to pivot in our work, our families, our schools, our travel plans, our church, and 1000 other ways too. Then just when we thought we had a solid plan something changed, and we had to pivot again. I thought we’d be back in worship by Easter, then it was Memorial Day, and here we are at the end of the summer. It’s exhausting isn’t it?
It’s also inspiring. I’ve seen the ways that you’ve had to adapt and change during this time. You have found new ways to serve, new ways to stay connected, and new ways to express your creativity. We were given an opportunity to pivot from busyness to solitude, from fear to faith, from worry to trust, from despair to hope, and from superficiality to deepness – which for me means moving from the surface, to a life with God and others that is much deeper.
I’m reminded of a quote from Richard Foster who said,
“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
Equally inspiring to me is our church staff. We have an amazing team leading our church. In my sixth months as your lead pastor I have witnessed their love for you, for our church, and for Christ. I’ve watched them pivot over and over again and make sacrifice after sacrifice for our church without expecting a pat on the back. It’s what they do. It’s who they are. They are exceptional!
Finally, we are in the middle of big pivot back to in-person worship. We have not set a date yet, but we are preparing. When we do set a date we will offer in-person worship, and maintain an excellent online worship experience for those who will not be able to attend immediately.
Keep us in your prayers. We are hosting an in-person worship service on September 13th for our Elders, Ministry Leadership Team, and volunteers. Afterward our Comeback Team will be meeting to review the service and make an assessment about our readiness for a return to in-person worship. And, we are still paying attention the data.
As always please call or email me with your questions.
With much love and grace,