Shoulder Tap

Dear Quarantined in Christ,

Annie Dillard said that if we consider the potential for the wild eruption of the Spirit in worship, we ought to “…wear crash helmets out in the pews.” The Spirit most certainly is a great comfort, a holy solace to us; and yet the Spirit inevitably catapults us out of the building and into mission. The New Testament’s Greek word for the church is “ekklesia,” which means “called out.” We are called out of the dance, out of the hall, to grab the hand of somebody who is hurting, lonely, poor, hollow. The Church is not a club, a nice place where nice people do nice things with other nice people. We speak “in tongues,” meaning we find the language to tell our story to people who don’t speak our language. (From notes on a lecture I heard William Willimon give in 1993.)

During this Covid virus crisis, let's each grab a crash helmet and prepare to serve the Lord!  Church Globally—we have been tossed out of our “normal” places of worship and are experiencing Christ in new places.  Within the confines of quarantine, through our high tech devices,  we each have the opportunity to reach nearly anyone, anywhere in the world with the love of Jesus.  Find the hands of the “…hurting, lonely, poor, and hollow.”

To quote the theologian April Schauer, I had some normals I needed to give up, “some normals I do not wish to return to.”  Church Globally—we have some “normals we needed to give up.” Letting loose of some old ways, so Christ might offer that which is new, might just be the Holy Spirit tapping you on the shoulder.

See Acts 2:14-28 for further reflection.

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Prayers: For all those who have been impacted medically, economically, emotionally, or spiritually by the coronavirus. May we have a vaccine soon. Come Lord Jesus.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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