Thursday, September 29
by Deacon Joanne Warman
I think most of us will remember where we were when the official announcement of “It’s a pandemic” was heard. I was in Winnipeg and trying to get back was quite a feat. By the time, I made it back home, there was not a roll of toilet paper to be found anywhere. Luckily, I had a stockpile so was not forced to use the newspaper of the day. When it first hit nobody had any idea how long it would last or just what a catastrophe it would be.
I learned how to use zoom – a word until now I always associated with a car commercial. Do you remember those early days when we were in our own homes and came together to celebrate “church”. Adriaan played the piano from his house, Fr. Geoff preached from his, an intercessor led prayers from theirs. Then the day came and Fr. Geoff was in the church building and Jeff was using his mobile phone to “livestream”, Adriaan played the organ once more. I remember crying especially when Jeff panned the Good Shepherd window.
It has been a long two years. We have had many sad losses of members whose funerals we were not able to come together for. On a happy note, we welcomed our “new” priest who we finally get to celebrate Sunday at 4 pm.
Zoom has not been all bad. It has enabled those who are unable to join in person to be with us. It has meant that meetings could still be held. Christian Education series could be offered. In 2021, we were even able to offer a Vacation Bible School.
What’s not to like about watching church in your comfy clothes with a mug of coffee in your hand? What more do you need?
People, you need people! I learned in the pandemic that it is very easy to just sit in front of the computer monitor. When things started opening up, I was not jumping up and down for joy. I did not want to be around people. My ‘hermit” lifestyle was suiting me just fine. I would have made a great monk. It was not easy for me to walk through the church doors.
When we gather on Sunday mornings, we gather for worship, prayer, teaching, the eucharist and fellowship. The one phrase I hear from friends when we have finally connected is “I have missed you”. Yes, for some “zoom church” is necessary and it means they can be in church. For those of you who are in this category, do not worry, we will continue to make this available and please reach out with any pastoral concerns you may have. For those of us who may have just become too comfortable on the sofa, please come through the doors and see just what you have been missing!
Lord of the Highest Heavens, while Your home may be in Heaven, You inhabit the praises of Your children. I am before You praising You for all Your goodness and love. May my worship revive my downcast spirit, and Your presence will flood my room. Fill me with Your hope as I step out in faith that You will break down obstacles and move on my behalf. Thank you, precious Lord! Amen.