The sun is shining, the rain has stopped and we can sing without a mask! I know there is still COVID-19 in the world, but we have started the vaccination and if there are no more outbreaks in Australia we can start to work out what our new normal can be.
For over a year now we have been working out how to do church in the middle of a pandemic. There have been lock-downs, singing bans and so much more. There are still restrictions and things we will have to do to keep each other safe, however, like the sunshine coming out after the last couple of weeks of rain, there is a feeling of tentative new hope and new possibility breaking through.
Now our task for the next year is thinking through how we draw ourselves back together. How we foster a strong community that cares for those who continue to join us online in our live stream of the 9.45am service, as well as welcoming those who want to join us in the building in gathered worship.
It will take us a while to re-establish ourselves after the year we have just had. But the task of worship, witness and service - that is, the task of being a church - is what we are called to do. It is time to start setting our path to the new normal.
I wonder what part you will be playing in the future of our church.