Perhaps one of the most obvious consequences of COVID-19 is that the way we do church has changed, at least temporarily. Not knowing when exactly we will meet in person means that “temporarily” is the situation for the present and near future. There’s no getting around it.
This time of being apart without the opportunity for a Sunday worship gathering also means that as a Christian community we are scattered across Middlefield and beyond on Sunday through Saturday. This helps us reflect on a few questions: “What exactly is the church? Should our identity be lived out more when we are gathered or when we are scattered? How can the church still be the church with no hope of returning to gathering on Sundays in the near future?”
I admit that I don’t have all the perfect answer to fully address these questions (I am still learning a LOT through these present challenges!). However, I do know that God calls us to proclaim the name of Christ and to be His ambassadors wherever we are: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 3:20, ESV).
So, ask yourself, “What can I do to be on mission this week with the church?” It could mean asking your small group leader what you can do to join the others in your group in reaching your neighborhood. Maybe it’s writing a letter that you and your group leave door-to-door to offer to help your neighbors meet their needs as they’re restricted. Or, it could mean joining a small group (now’s a perfect time – you need to be in community with your church outside of Sunday!). So, what’s your answer?
P.S. Cornerstone students, don’t forget these important links:
-Friday’s 3-3:30pm “Ask Something” Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/960638711
-Sunday’s 6pm online youth group (I’ll share the post-youth group Zoom link in the chat): https://cornerstoneneo.online.church/