I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
After five months, like the Psalmist, we will be able to say that we are glad to ‘go to the house of the Lord!’ If all goes well we will be holding our first service in the church on Sunday 6th September. In many ways it will be different from our previous services. We will be socially distanced outside and in. We will only able to accommodate 28 worshippers. There will be no singing during the service and no socialising after. The service itself will be only about 30 minutes. Everyone attending the service will be wearing a mask. But for those who are able to attend we will still be glad to be in the Lord’s house.
Because we know that worshipping in person will not be the right thing for everyone we will continue to distribute our services as we have been since the lockdown began. As much as we enjoy worshipping in our building, our reformed tradition has always affirmed that God is near to us wherever we seek God’s presence.
The plan for September and October is that we will hold services in our church building on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month and have a recorded service on the 4th Sunday. If this pattern of worship works well and there are no further restrictions on gathering in places of worship, we would be able to return to every Sunday services in November.
Let us continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this pandemic; those who are working in our health service; those in government who are making difficult decisions about how to control the virus; those who are working to develop a vaccine to protect us from the virus and that soon all of us will be able to say: I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
Peace and blessings,