As the title suggests, I have a confession to make to all of you.
I LOVE that we are worshipping digitally now.
I DON’T love that we can’t meet in person as well. I DON’T love that this virus is keeping us from so many of the people we love. I DON’T love wearing a mask everywhere I go. I DON’T love the sense of insecurity and fear, both of a virus and its economic impacts. I DON’T love the uncertainty so many feel around how they will provide food for their families. And I DON’T love that so many families are divided as one member of a family fights on the front lines of battling this disease and must stay away from spouses and children for their own protection.
But still, there’s something about our newfound digital sense of community that I love and cherish. I love getting to read and pray through your responses during the Prayers of the Church. I love seeing you react at points during a sermon or children’s message, in ways that us more “stoic” Lutherans probably would not exuberantly shout out during a more “normal” worship ser- vice. I love that members past and present are reconnecting across states, and from coast to coast, and that even my own family gets to worship with me from both California and Florida.
We work each and every week to make sure that our services reach you in the best way that we can. Thank you for your words of encouragement and gratitude; and thank you for your grace when the technology fails us. As we continue to learn and grow in this digital age, know that even in this bizarre setup, I feel the Body of Christ gathered, and love worshipping with each and every one of you… but still looking forward to seeing you all in person again when it is safe and responsible to do so.