I’d like to share what I hope you will take as good news today. I am very happy to start a new year of serving The Downtown Church. If you are unfamiliar with the United Methodist Church, you may not be aware that pastors are appointed by the bishop to serve one year at a time. It is our tradition to gather once a year and then be sent out to serve our churches. For 2020, it happened virtually in June.
Such a strange year right? Are you Zoomed out yet? Are you wondering what this fall will be like for students, concerts, and sports events or work? I believe about a dozen times a day I say, “I don’t know.” The funny thing is, although I don’t like not knowing, I am getting used to it. I don’t know many things about how COVID 19 will impact us. I don’t know exactly what it will mean for us as a church in the days ahead. I don’t know if our plans to add in-person worship on July 19 will happen as we hope. I don’t know what it will feel like a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
I have learned so much the past six year, but I remember something very clearly from August 2014 when I started at The Downtown Church: I didn’t know how a church worshipping 30 people in downtown Springfield would turn around. I didn’t know how on earth I was going to write a message every week. I didn’t know what to do with a great big nursery without any children. I didn’t even know Brian Mattson. So I leaned into God and God has been faithful. God showed us we were to be a church determined to love God and love neighbor. God led us forward and we learned what we did not know. One step, one day at a time. I am learning still.
See you (virtually) Sunday,