Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church
December 21, 2020
Rev. Adam Blons
I don’t think I’ve ever cried at a congregational meeting before. But suddenly seeing the faces of over 100 church members on my computer screen at our recent congregational meeting brought me to tears. It was incredible to watch as one by one, people signed on, people I haven’t seen in 9 months. Those who were on Zoom heard me eke out the words, “You are all still here!”
We are still here! And, as the vaccine begins to be administered here in Minnesota, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I am so grateful that, so far, only a few MPUC community members have contracted COVID and they all have recovered. Our willingness to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines was the first and most essential step. Finding ways to implement social distancing with our families, friends and neighbors has been very hard, but reduced our risk. The ability for some of us to work from home added another layer of protection. Our relative wealth and privilege gave us additional choices and protection others do not have. We aren’t out of the woods yet, but we are still here, connected and ready.
I don’t believe God somehow chose us to survive the past nine months of the pandemic. But I do believe we have a call coming out of it. I look forward to when it is safe to be together again. Seeing one another at the congregational meeting was just a taste of the sweet reunion that is hopefully ahead. But we are not here just for ourselves. The church is also called to bring God’s love to the world. We have so much to offer a world that has not fared this pandemic as well as we have. I hope our cautious approach to the pandemic will make us better able to respond to what is needed when it is over.
So, please continue to follow those guidelines this holiday season, stay safe, be well, and stay tuned so we can together say, “yes” to God’s call in 2021.