I was chipping in to help host the service using Zoom. That was a first.
A little over a month later, I wrote a blog post entitled "No Playbook" where I called us to stop desiring normal:
God has allowed us to live in this time for a reason. We don’t know the plays, but we know the outcome of the game. Let’s get excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to let this unique time slip away by hoping things could go back to normal. Or trying to figure out what a “new normal” looks like. Normal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Going forward might look weird. But so what? We’ve been doing a lot of weird things lately. Me wearing a tie on a Zoom call on Sunday mornings is the least of the weird things that might happen. I don’t care if Kossuth looks weird. I want Kossuth to make disciples in whatever ways we can in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
Every step we’ve taken as a church family has been under the watchful eye of our Father. We’ve taken a lot of different steps. Steps you probably never thought you'd have to take or would desire to take again.
But for all the things that have been different this year, one thing remains the same. And that thing is the only thing that matters.
You are a sinner in need of a savior. That Savior is God who came to us, when we could never get to him, in the form of a man. The God-man, Jesus. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us sinners. But he was not defeated by death. He rose. Our faith in the one who defeats sin and death for us is all that matters. He never changes. What he did never will change.
So this Friday will be different than last year, but it will still be Good. We will still celebrate the Resurrection on the third day. As one of your pastors, I ask you to put aside this weekend all the difficulties of this past year. Put aside your differences and disputes. Put some of those aside for good. Address the rest in due time.
For we can only address those difficulties and differences if we stay unified on the main thing: the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I look forward to celebrating with all of you and your guests this Sunday. I’ll be glad not to be on Zoom. We’ll see if I can find my tie.