As we approach FCC’s 17th anniversary, and as the government announced easing of restrictions on religious activities, i want to thank many people who have been working hard to make the transition back to 1 Commonwealth as smooth as possible. i also want to ask for everybody’s patience and understanding as we figure out how to conduct a hybrid service that meets both the needs of those who are physically there in church, and those who are joining the service online.
It won’t feel the same as before – we are still not allowed to sing or mingle – the advisory from MCCY has been very clear about these things. We need to learn to do things in a new way – for the safety and wellbeing of each person. It may be frustrating, inconvenient and a bother – but i hope we can see it as a way of taking care of each other and loving our neighbour.
We will experiment with new ways of worshipping God – and as we do so, let us not focus on whether it is something we are used to, but really put in effort to enter into a worshipful state of mind.
“As we gather may Your Spirit work within us
As we gather may we glorify Your Name
Knowing well that as our hearts begin to worship
We’ll be blessed because we came”
Meanwhile, this Sunday we would be reflecting on two different encounters with Jesus in chapters 3 and 4 of the Gospel according to John – Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman by the well. How do these two encounters relate to us today? What lessons do we draw from them?