For some reason this week at least a dozen people made the comment “let’s not reinvent the wheel” or “we shouldn’t try to reinvent the wheel”.
I disagree. Let’s reinvent the wheel. We need to reinvent the wheel. In this pandemic environment we have no choice but to reinvent the wheel.
The world as we know it has changed for church life. Our personal lives have changed. Our church lives have changed. We are out of our buildings. We are worshipping, learning, connecting, working, conducting business, praying together all online. Everything is from a “social distance”
Our mission projects have been disrupted. Church school, youth group and Vacation Bible School are taking on new forms. Yet we are continuing to provide those connections and learnings. New ministries are emerging as we learn and become aware of the consequences of the lockdown, stay at home orders. Personally, and as the church we are experiencing and responding to effects social distancing, isolation, unemployment, school closings, food insecurities, overwhelmed health care and a essential workers, grieving families and so much more.
The world has changed, and we have reinvented the wheel to match that transformation that came upon us so quickly.
We will be allowed to gather again, leave our homes again, go back to work and school. We will see each face to face and laugh at stupid jokes. We will hug and cry and grieve. We will give thanks to God and hold each other’s hands in prayer.
We are not going back to way we were. We have and are reinventing the wheel. We have entered a new era of church and community life. So, let’s embrace that new world, the new era. We CAN reinvent. We can innovate and adapt. We are finding new ways to be church. We have permission to reinvent the wheel. Thanks be to God.