October 28, 2020

What we’re doing in worship today (2)

What we’re doing in worship today (2)

It’s Sunday #2 of worship in the days of coronavirus restrictions. This week, our small congregation will not meet together in the sanctuary. However, we have chosen an alternative.

It started when one of our members insisted that he would ring the church bell on Sunday morning. We have a historic building and a long tradition of ringing our church bell on the Lord’s Day, and he didn’t think it should be silenced this week. So, at 10am, he will ring it so that all the surrounding countryside will know that our church family is still here in their midst.

Next, we invited anyone who is able to drive their car to our parking lot to hear the bell ring. So, in a manner of speaking, we will gather, but in a rather unique way.

After the bell is rung, I will go car by car, sprinkling each one with a baptismal blessing:

May you remember that you are God’s beloved children
Buried with Christ in baptism
And raised to walk in newness of life!

Then I will ask an occupant in each vehicle to roll a window down and I will pray for them, saying:

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord help you to be anxious in nothing,
But may the peace of God guard your heart in Christ Jesus.
May the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom.
And may you go in his peace to serve the Lord. Amen.

Drive-through church, I guess.

I see it as a sign of faith, hope, and love that nothing can extinguish.

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Comments

  1. Michael Bell says

    Wonderful idea Chaplain Mike

    For those who are not able to attend a service, I would like to invite you to mine. We are streaming live at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, where we can all watch from the safety of our homes. If you can’t catch the live stream, the sermon videos are recorded for posterity.

    It is different, a kind of evangelical Mennonite blend, without the hangups that you might get from a straight evangelical church. Ironically enough, the topic that we are discussing this month is evangelism.

    It is called The Meeting House.

    Love to get your feedback.

  2. That is a good Sunday morning response in this crazy, unusual time. I just hope “drive by worship” becomes a novel thing of the past in short order.

  3. I see it as a sign of faith, hope, and love that nothing can extinguish.

    the crocuses
    came up early
    just in time

    • David Cornwell says

      Yes,

      • This dying to self is a hard and bitter thing, brother. I’m finding that I have to give up even many of the half-formed hopes that I presumed there would be time to realize in the future, that I had deferred under that presumption, and now even the near term future is thrown into deep question. Pray for me.

        • Lord Jesus, please fill Robert with your peace. Comfort him and his wife. Give them both a hope for tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day. Amen.

        • Robert, May you know the peace and love of the Lord for you and your wife. Even though we haven’t always gotten along on this blog I wish you nothing but the best and know that the Lord holds you closely to his side.Our peace comes from knowing the Lord never changes and always has our beat intentions even when we don’t see them. In the still of the night when we are worried and doubting he is right by our side even if we don’t realize it

  4. This is wonderful, Chaplain Mike.

  5. That’s beautiful and hopeful!

  6. I’m BIC as well (U.S.). Thought I’d be the only one here.

    • Michael Bell says

      Awesome! Our family has come full circle over 2 generations. My Grandmother was shunned when she married my grandfather, who horrors, wore a tie.

    • Michael Bell says

      By the way, Sean, if you know anyone named Frey, Hershey, Martin, or Engle… all cousins.

  7. That was supposed to be in reply to Mike Bell.