F or the last few months, we have been talking about returning to normal in our living. However, we have been challenging ourselves to find out what is “normal” for living out our lives. We are consciously choosing to decide what will be priorities and major priorities in our “NEW NORMAL!” We talked about ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVING and DOING (like in “Go Be the Church!”). It all can be bundled up in “What is our calling?”
Jesus called the early disciples to a NEW NORMAL. And that NORMAL was nothing like they thought it was going to be… in fact, it was GREATER THAN THEY THOUGHT POSSIBLE. Their CALLING was fulfilling, challenging, rewarding, and relationally connecting them with one another and with God.
The NEW NORMAL called them out to live their lives in a “way” that people noticed and decided to live in a similar “way!” This summer, we are DOING A NEW NORMAL. We have the capability now of connecting on a Sunday morning as we travel on the road! HELLO, WELCOME TO WORSHIP! It’s our theme for the summer! “Normally,” we take a vacation from our jobs and our life and from church! We can’t attend, because we are doing what we have always done in the summer. But this summer, we can have a “NEW NORMAL!” We can join worship any Sunday, from a cell phone, a laptop, and iPhone, an iPad…even an Apple watch! We can “Go Be the Church” on the GO and still “BE the CHURCH”…and IN CHURCH!
This summer, we want to “TAKE CHURCH WITH US ON VACATION!” – HELLO, WELCOME TO WORSHIP! You can share with us going down the road, on a mountaintop or on
a lake or river. You can invite others in the campground or friends and family to join us on a Sunday morning. We are going to keep track of where you are and who are with you.
Now comes the FUN PART! We are going to hold a summer “Mini-Worship” on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights at 8 PM (it will still be light!)… A rally gathering under the stars! Only 30 minutes (or less)… we can check in from wherever… connect with one another and hear what’s going on and where we are at the time. WE WILL BE TEST DRIVING THIS BEGINNING in JUNE to see how it goes and decide if we want to continue… A song, a video, a summer thought from the pastor (or some other invited person), a prayer, then off to bed (or the
campfire). It is not limited to just travelers, but anyone who wants to join (or misses church). It will take the place of our Tuesday night vespers and our Wednesday AM connection. You can still bring “coffee to the service” but you might want to make it de-caffeinated! No telling where we might be coming from… or where the pastor might be each night.
But God will be with us! Have any thoughts to share with the pastor in the planning or special requests… let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org – Invite your friends and family… and new persons.
It all BEGINS on Wednesday, June 2nd @ 8 PM and/or Sunday, June 6th @ 8 PM. HELLO, WELCOME TO WORSHIP!