Here it is the fifth Sunday in Lent and as I saw on one facebook post: This is the lentest lent I have ever lented!!! So true. In Sedgwick County we are in a stay at home ban and for the State of Kansas it beings tonight at midnight. Groups of ten or less are allowed as well as essential services. We continue to have worship live at 11:00 through KAKE TV and our online streaming with limited people so as to honor the letter and the spirit of the law.
Today was the first time we had “online” registration and over 70 people registered, many of whom were not members of the congregation I serve. The comments were the reason we as worship leaders feel what we offer is essential. Through the old school medium of television we are reaching thousands across the western two-thirds of Kansas and more and more through our online streaming. So many churches are unable to broadcast worship in any way, or people do not have the internet at home that this enables people to worship together.
Often in times of crisis, we gather together as a community of faith which is what makes this crisis so difficult. We can’t gather physically, so the internet and television means we gather virtually to sing and pray, to read scripture and hear the Word. We also do an offering, for that is not just about money, the offering is an invitation as to how in these times we offer ourselves adn our gifts and we always invite people who are watching to give to their own local church.
“Can these bones live?” God asked Ezekiel. Ezekiel didn’t know and we might not know either expect for our faith and hope in the God who comes to us in Christ. This God embraces us and calls us beloved. You can find today’s worship service or just the sermon here.