Allowing disruption to be transformative.
Yesterday, following the introduction of additional measures to try and contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it was decided that the church should suspend public worship for the time being. It's a decision that feels uncomfortable, but it's necessary, and we are now busy trying to find new and effective ways of doing things.
Tomorrow, I shall be alone in the church preaching to a virtual audience. I want to acknowledge that the worshipping life of this parish and indeed, most, if not all, of the parishes in this diocese has been disrupted this week. But disruption can also be transformational. We, the church, are not defined by our buildings or even which parish we belong to. We, the church, are defined by Jesus. COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and will probably continue to disrupt them for many weeks and months. So are we going to be defined by the things we do in our church buildings or are we open to allowing Jesus to transform us so that we can respond effectively to this situation? We have recently launched “Love in action”, so that amid the chaos and the fear that surrounds us we can share Christ’s love with each other and take it into the wider community. It’s basic stuff, but important stuff especially at a time when more and more people are having to isolate themselves… it's checking that people are ok, helping out with shopping, praying for them and with them, and so on. We can all offer something so please call the parish office on 9367 1243 to sign up.