This Week in Church: Participating and Connecting

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

A picture of a small chaple with a steeple in a field, with the text This Week in Church written on the sky.

This week in church, we participated.

Like everything, church has changed. My church opted out of straight-up sharing church services by livestream, as many are doing, and instead sent everyone the liturgy (or the order of service, with prayers, readings, and scripture) so that we would participate by making a mini service happen for ourselves. Honestly, I have some mixed feelings about this approach, but last week I did it over Zoom with a few friends.

It was, obviously, the most laid-back and awkward church service I had ever been a part of. It was rather delightful.

Despite those mixed feelings, the mix of familiarity and the brand new, with a small circle of community, was a gift.

Is there something familiar that you can recreate, even if it's small, awkward, and a little bit weird?

This week in church, we connected.

Honestly, my biggest takeaway wasn't anything from the message or readings. It was just connecting.

Where do you long for connection right now?

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