It’s spring in Minnesota, so it’s construction season. The week we moved into our home in Carver, the main road to our neighborhood began a major construction project that is supposed to be completed by fall. Every day I encounter this construction project in many ways. It seems just outside my bedroom window, they begin their work in the early morning hours. I wake to sounds of machinery, the pounding of someone trying to dig a hole, or heavy trucks trying to climb the hill. I’m not complaining. My dad’s career was in road construction and he would tell you “it put food on the table.” Both of my brothers make their living in various parts of the same company that my dad did. I don’t complain about road construction. The certainty of it has blessed my family for two generations.
One of the more (frustrating?) interesting pieces of this project is the bridge off of 212 onto Johnathan Carver Parkway that needs work, too. Thoughtfully, they are doing the bridge work just on the weekends. Starting Friday morning, we have to find another way from our home to anywhere! And when we come back home, it might have to be by another route altogether. I think this weekend we cannot even leave our neighborhood on our usual street. It creates a kind of adventure when you have to discover new ways to get from here to there and from wherever you are back home again. Now, I kind of like this! Last weekend I discovered a beautiful road into Carver and encountered 20+ riders of bikes that make that deep rumbling sound. Glorious! I wonder what I will discover this weekend as I am detoured from my normal routes and have to find new ways to get from here to where I am going, and from wherever I am back home again?
The road to post-pandemic ministry is under construction as well. I remember thinking we could host an outdoor Christmas Eve service, only to discover that this route had been closed to us and we needed to take a detour. It made for a deeply powerful semi-live worship experience on Zoom. While we are planning and hoping to be in the building for worship sometime in late September, I know the adventure of getting there is going to be filled with detours and adventures and new discoveries. It will, at the very least, be a journey. Your grace and patience on the journey, more than we typically have with road construction, is welcome.
We are actually not reconstructing an old road, but building a totally new one as we figure out what a BOTH / AND ministry looks like. We will eventually be a faith community with BOTH in-person, in-building ministries AND a lively, engaging, and spiritually enriching online community of faith. I treasure your partnership in building the road with us! It will be a glorious and faithful adventure.
Remember that we have Outdoor Worship at 10:30 AM, weather permitting. Please register if you are able (click HERE), but come even if you haven’t had an opportunity to register. We have space for you. This weekend is Mother’s Day and you will find a note below about how you can bring flowers to add to the beauty of our worship. Families, we are planning for you at outdoor worship! There will be “Children’s Church” during the message portion of worship so that your kids can have an age-appropriate delivery of the message. Come with your kids this weekend so they can join Rachel and other leaders for Children’s Church outside on the church property. For everyone’s safety, please plan for mask-wearing and socially distancing during all Sunday morning activities.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Pastor Becky Jo