different norms, April 30, 2020

different norms, April 30, 2020

It’s Thursday, April 30. Just in case some of you have lost track of time, an entire month has passed us by. I’m sitting here in the early morning hours of the day, as it’s raining and wondering … where has the month gone? How is tomorrow May already?!

Some folks have called life after the unpausing a new norm. For me, I’m calling it a different norm…things will look, be, feel, and seem different. There is potential for things to change and evolve as we continue to learn more about the coronavirus. Regardless of whether we call it a new or different normal, the truth is things will not go back to normal. As we watch, wait and wonder when and what the unpausing will look like, I simply share the following quote that has been shared on social media from author, Brene Brown:

As we prepare for unpausing. As we prepare for whatever lies ahead, I wonder … Where have you witnessed God at work? What is it that you learned about yourself during this time? What is it that you still need to shed? How has this time of being on pause impacted (or not impacted) your faith? What do you hope to take with you? What practice or thought do you want to continue living into in this next season?

My hope and prayer is that we might all be willing and able to take some time to reflect on how we might have grown through this, and how we will allow for growth to continue now and in the season(s) ahead? How will we allow God to continue to be at work and transform us – mind, body and soul?

I leave you with the words from Philippians 4:4-9:

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”

May the peace of Christ be with you today and always,

A note and update on looking at life and ministry ahead: over the past couple of weeks, I have been working with a few folks from the Fairly New Thrift Shop, The Safe Church Ministry Team and Consistory to work through some ‘Best Practices‘ for when we are finally able to come together. We know things will be different for a while, and when the time is right and we feel the plans and guidelines for these ‘Best Practices‘ are ready we will be sure to share them with you. Your health and well being are priority as we discern and take a look at how we can safely gather for worship and live into our call to ministry and mission together.

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