A June newsletter reflection

1 Cor 9:21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

It has been brought to my attention that as the body of Christ, we have disparate views on how we should treat worship in a corona-touched world. My prayer is that as a family of God, you folks understand the leadership of the church worked hard to satisfy the different perspectives concerning risk.

We have made worshipping in person possible with sanitizing safeguards and spacing in the sanctuary to address “safe distancing.” Hand sanitizer is available immediately upon entering the narthex on a table to the right. Jodi Vandiver was very gracious in bringing masks for those who choose to use them (from the Wisconsin Mask Warriors) and they are available on the round table immediately to your left as you come in the front door. While various medical groups promote the use of masks, there are others, equally well regarded, who say it is unnecessary. All are guidelines, not definitive rules. Thus, while masks are suggested, we leave it to you to assess what you ultimately feel comfortable with. Additionally, the Buntins have done a stellar job in providing recorded and live streaming options, which give those in our church family in a high risk demographic the opportunity to still worship online. Like Paul, in the opening section of his letter to the Corinthians, we understand one size does not fit all.

So, in the spirit of Christian charity, I urge you all to re-read our worshiping procedures online and carefully decide what works best for you. Remember, we have you covered based on need! However, just because someone might differ from you in their perceived risk of the situation, please do not shame them, or get angry with them. There is irony in this, given we just touched on “anger” in last week’s sermon! Our continuous efforts should be to build up the body of Christ, and worship entails gathering his people to listen to His word and sing praise to His glorious name. May we humbly respect one another in how they individually choose to participate in the service.

And speaking of keeping our worship space “sanitized,” we are looking for volunteers to assist in this ministry! While our cleaning service does a general tidying up, to ensure that extra bit is being done, we need additional hands to wipe down the sanctuary after worship. Should you feel the spirit lead you in this matter, we will have a brief description of what is entailed. Give Jodi Buntin a holler and she can assist you in how you can be of service.

Brothers and sisters we are all as unique and different as the fingerprints the Lord gave each of us. Relish and praise our gracious God for His mercies in giving us such a terrific church family! Let us not fall prey to the Devil’s schemes of division and dissatisfaction. Hold to our unity in Christ which is greater than ourselves. As Paul said also to the Corinthians:

1 Cor 10:16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

To our blessed unity in Christ,

John