Using this time to reset: as a church | Lucy’s Blog
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For many of us, Church is such an important part of our lives. And now, we can’t meet as we have for decades. That can be scary. That can be sad. But, this is our new normal. And so… we adapt.
Did you know that the early believers did not have church buildings to meet in? No mega churches. Nothing like what we know church to be today. The early believers met mostly in homes. In very small groups.
Like what we have to do now.
There’s something very beautiful and poetic about us returning to how church began. Something very special. A reminder of where we came from. So for me, I am choosing to see the positive side of that. A special, quiet, holy return to where we began.
Jennifer, who attends a Presbyterian Church, said she felt a loss that services at her church were being canceled. But then said something that struck me, she said : “At its best, church is a community of people who care for each other and who love and worship God. All of those things can happen even when people can’t gather in a building. I can pray, I can read my Bible, support my neighbours and elderly. The fact that the building is closed has no bearing on my ability to do those things.”
WE are the church. Not the building. It’s us. And right now, we can turn up in a powerful way. Apart from the hundreds of thousands of live streaming services, we can take this as a moment to reset how we do church for this season.
I’ll be honest. Sometimes… Church can be a “THING”. Know what I mean? You wake up late, you’re trying to do your hair, get your children dressed. Someone didn’t eat breakfast (probably you), you get in the car, your kids are hitting each other in the backseat, you’re already frazzled and it’s not even 9.30. You get to church, find a carpark, and walk in and sometimes… that church mask slips on.
Oh, some of you know the mask. “Hello Jen! Blessings to you!” “Hey Tracey, how are you?” “Fabulous!”. And sometimes… it’s a total porky pie. Because, in reality, five minutes ago, you were talking your son down from throwing your daughters LOL Doll out the car window and you were wishing you were on a beach in the Maldives. But you push that all down and you go in and find your seat. And you probably always sit in the same spot because there is safety in habit. You raise your hands, sing some songs, listen to the preacher… tune out a few times. Tune back in. Make some small talk at the end.
And for many of us, no one knows the truth. That inside your heart is breaking. That your marriage is failing. Or your business is. Or someone you love is chronically ill and you don’t know how to process that. Sometimes you just don’t feel enough. Sometimes you stand in church feeling disconnected to the message and the music but you don’t know where to go… and you can’t speak out because you would hate someone to judge you. Or worse… that someone would think you’re a ‘bad’ christian. So you feel like you are drowning but you turn up each week and slip on the mask, because that’s all you know.
Dear, dear ones. It’s ok. I know that feeling.
And I know many friends of mine know that feeling, because we’ve been honest about that season in our lives. And its okay.
So, first. You’re not alone. Breathe. Embrace the stillness and smallness of this moment. This is a time to reset. Embrace that you can put the mask down for the moment. Reset how YOU do church. Reset how YOU connect to God. Whether it’s a church livestream, or whether it’s turning on TheLight at 10am on Sunday (we now have someone preaching LIVE in the studio and taking your calls afterwards). Or whether it’s finding a still, quiet place just to pray. Or not. Or just be. And let God be with you. It’s okay. He’s not after tradition, or routine. Or masks. He’s just after you. And your heart.
So put down the church mask, dear friend. Use this time to reset your relationship with God. Go deeper, be more still. Worship on your knees in your pajamas. With your hair sticking straight up and sleep in your eyes. And a coffee in your hand. Or don’t. Reset. Breathe.
Be the early church in your living room. Find your new normal for now, for this season. Reset your heart.
I love you. We are in this together, my friends.