This call came early in Abram’s life. I have always said that this call felt like God asking Abram to start walking and someday, somewhere, God would bring Abram to a special land. What’s most amazing and faithful is that Abram follows God’s directive without knowing where this land was or how long it would take to get there. Abram begins the journey in faith. It’s all he has, but it is enough. There are no other promises or sureties given. God’s invitation and word is enough for this faithful patriarch of our faith tradition.
During this time of transition in the church, from the time shutdown orders closed our doors to worship in the building, has felt a bit of a similar invitation. Start walking in a new way, Church! I’ll show you a new way of being church. We have all learned that the invitation and the promise of a new way doesn’t have a concrete timeframe attached. Perhaps that’s been one of the more difficult realities of the pandemic. Can we even make plans? Hard to know.
We have come to that season when it feels like we are safe to begin making plans to return to worship and ministry within our building. What that will look like is still dependent on the protocols at the time. Even so, because of your generous giving to the Coming Home Again campaign, and your earlier generous giving to purchase the live-streaming equipment, we are ready to project a day for “coming home again” to our building, to one another, and to the unique presence of God within those.
I invite you, as I have, to start opening your heart to the possibility that we will come home again around Sept. 26. You will begin to hear more about the season of coming home again, a month-long venture back into our building and a relaunch of the ministries of Eden Prairie United Methodist Church. Many things will be renewed or born anew in that season, including how we produce in person and online worship, the look and content of our website, and how we deliver ministry to our children and youth.
These next two months, leaders and staff will work diligently to create the vibrant setting for ministry that God calls EPUMC to become. I hope each week to be able to unfold for you more of what a relaunch of our ministry is going to look like, pointing out some of the hallmarks of our ministry that will not change, and some of the adjustments that will be made for a post-pandemic church life. Journey with me as we walk where God is calling us, revealing step by step the land to which we are being called.
Pastor Becky Jo