Maryrose and Chip sat across from each other at the speed dating event.
“Wow, five minutes isn’t much time, is it?” Mary Rose observed, trying to break the ice.
“No. But sometimes you just ‘know’ if it’s right,” Chip said.
“And how are you feeling right now,” she said seductively.
Chip flushed and attempted deflect by observing, “Maryrose, that’s a pretty name. I went to school with a Rosemary, but never heard it the other way around before.”
“Oh, I know it’s a little different. Mum loved prawn cocktail, it’s kind of embarrassing. I usually go by just Mary though. What about Chip, is that a nickname, like ‘chip off the old block’, or something?”
Chip reddened again and said,”No, it’s my real name. My mum loved her fries.”
It was then that Mary and Chip knew they had something!
Lock-down, quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing have had a major impact on our lives. This is no less true of our worship, than with any other of our other social interactions. But Pastors, Priests, and other faith leaders have been proactive in bringing what the modern world has to offer to keep their flocks together, and to fulfill the instruction of Hebrews 10:25, that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
This morning, as on the last several Lord’s Days, I “attended” worship on a live feed which linked the saints together. The word was powerful as we were reminded that times of trial help prove us, and prepare us for the Lord’s work. Our growth often has a “necessity” of such trials. The worshiping of God from the vantage point of our physical separation from one another is one such trial.
It does show us another great truth, however. The church (Ekklesia) is not the physical structure in which we gather. We do not “go to church.” Rather we are the church! We, the Body of Christ, not the bricks and mortar are church. The challenge then is for us the “Be Church.” Nothing else is good enough.
Whether we are housed together with loved ones, linked by technology, or in near total isolation, we are tied together by far more. We are bound by the blood of Christ! We are family, and we are a body (I Corinthians 12). We are Church.