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June 29 - Thoughts from Rev. Wright

Thoughts from Rev. Wright

I had a professor in college who’d always say, “betwixt and between.” I learned a lot from him besides that high-point scrabble word. All the time in Christianity we find ourselves in the between, the now and the not yet. The apostle Paul spent most of his ministry in the “now and not yet.” For him, Christ was risen but the Church was just an infant and Christ had yet to come back. His advice for the Thessalonians in their new church was to love each other more and more. Paul never saw an end to the love for each other taught by God.

For us, we are not a baby church. We are a well-establish, mainline protestant, historical, with beautiful facilities and a staff working hard. However, we still find ourselves in the in between. We have not gone back into worshipping in person, but we have created a world-wide community of faith online like never before.

I know many of us are really itching to come back to worship in the buildings on Sunday mornings. And let me tell you, it’s weird preaching to an empty room (mostly because no one laughs at my jokes). In this pandemic with numbers of confirmed COVID cases raising in Texas and Collin County, we are going to stay in our in between and continuing worshipping in our homes.

Let me tell you, this is something that I mourn all the time. I mourn for the people who are suffering in sickness and I mourn that my church family is yearning to be together. I mourn knowing that when we come together in person, it will still feel like an in-between for a long time.

So here’s what you want to know: as of right now, First Christian Church of McKinney does not have a date in which we will worship in person. We have opened the building for our internal, small groups. We urge you to take advantage of that if you are craving time together.

This uncertainty of the now and not yet is a holy time. We listen for God in creative and different ways. We try new things out, we connect in all sorts of ways. We still love each other. We pray for each other. We are still care for each other every day. Our church has stood the test of pandemics before and has continued to love one another. God has taught us to love one another through anything and let us continue to do so.

 

Daily Lectionary Readings, June 29th:

 Psalm 47; Genesis 22:15-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

OR Psalm 119:161-168; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12