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Church is happening, yes, even now!

We are currently finding ourselves in a time where most everyone could write a list of the things they have lost during this season of social distancing. The severity of the things on this list varies. One of the things many people have lost is going to church on Sunday mornings. Sure, people are seeing and hearing some sermons and songs that have been recorded. Some are able to stream parts of a service live through Facebook. A few have even been able to take part in a service from their cars. And yet, as I talk to people, something seems to be missing. What would your answer be? What is missing the most for you? I think this creates an interesting time for us to consider the questions, “What is church? What do we need to be the church?” People are asking, “Can you really have Communion over a video call? Can you “virtually” baptize someone?” These are all good questions. Acts 2:42 and 1 Corinthians 14:26 are often looked as including some of the parts necessary for a worship service. The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. (Acts 2:42 CEB) What is the outcome of this, brothers and sisters? When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All these things must be done to build up the church. (1 Corinthians 14:26, CEB) Many parts of the church continue, even now. Church happens when you call and check on one another, pick up groceries for a neighbor, pray for one another, read your Bible, listen to a song, and when you listen to a lesson or sermon online. And yes, there will come a day when we will “meet together” in person again. Until then, let us continue to be the Church in as many ways as we can. We can do this because Easter tells us that Jesus is alive and with you now. We, as the Body of Christ, are alive and active now. Thank you for being the Church and Connecting People to Christ’s Love! Blessings, Pastor Matt

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