What a week it has been. COVID-19 and the new Delta Variant continue to make its impact on our world and, as you may have already read, Dallas County is now back under a mask mandate. It appears we take one step forward and yet another pivot must be made in order to get things back under control.
I am grateful to this congregation who have pivoted with us, followed the science, got vaccinated and done everything that has been asked of it. You are making all the right decisions to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and well. I am grateful that you listen, respond, and do what it right – ensuring that we can continue to be able to worship in person and online throughout it all.
Last week we created opportunity for more socially distanced seating, and you may have noticed that the choir, and those in the orchestra who were able to, wore masks again. This was an option given and taken. One week later and we find ourselves forced to make another, unfortunate decision. While the mask mandate does not apply to churches, I feel it is the right decision to require masks once again to be worn while we are worshipping together in person.
For those of us on the chancel, we will wear our masks and will only remove them while speaking. There is more than enough distance between us and the front row of the church to make this safe and I, while preaching will keep a socially distanced distance as well.
I know that this is disappointing, and it is not always the most comfortable, but I would rather make this decision now, keeping us all safe, and help us prevent another lockdown that would mean that no in-person gatherings or worship can be achieved.
Worship is an important part of our community life and, while online worship is a good alternative, many of you have shared with me how impactful it has been to be able to gather again, in person. I sincerely hope that we can continue to make this happen for those who choose to come together.
As Pastor, I feel it is a primary responsibility of mine to keep you safe, spiritually, emotionally, and physically – and I commit to do that today, and in the days to come.
Our current sermon series, “Enough” reminds me that we are enough, that we have enough, and that God is in the “enough”. This Sunday we are invited to cultivate contentment. There is much in the world today, and perhaps in our personal lived that would invite us to live in dis-content-ment. However, I want to invite you to cultivate con-tent-ment – and to make this a personal decision. Adam Hamilton, the author of the book, “Enough” which is accompanying this sermon series and is being used in many of our small groups throughout the week, says this, “We have a culture that thrive on dissatisfaction, one that is never content which what we have.”
I am choosing today to be content with what God is still doing and still speaking and we come together, stronger together, to be content with perhaps one of the greatest gifts we have to offer and share – one another – the reflection of God that offers hope and strength – that image of God that is making the difference in my life, and, I believe, yours as well.
Be blessed, be safe, and while this is another hurdle to overcome, with God, and each other, ALL things are possible. Can I get an Amen!