Once again we have been looking forward to lockdown restrictions being relaxed and, aargh, D day has been extended. Just when we thought it might be possible to be in church without a mask, and, sing once again we must be patient.
In recent weeks it has been encouraging as people have begun returning to church for the morning service, and while we still have to social distance etc. seeing friends again is good.
I have received one letter and several emails asking if after lockdown ends and we return to normality will we continue to live stream the services; the answer is yes. Live streaming has been a great success and a thank you to Tony, Alistair, Armanda & Carol for being prepared to put in the hours required to make it so successful.
Another development which proved popular; in the early days when the services had to be pre-recorded rather than live-streamed more people were involved: leading prayers, reading etc. At the moment, because of social distancing etc, we cannot include more people in the service; as things ease we hope more people will make themselves available to take part in leading worship.
Rather than looking forward to going back to the way things were; let’s have the confidence to build on what we have been doing and do more, better. It has become clear over recent months that we have many talented people whose abilities weren’t previously known about. We need to make opportunities for OMC to capitalise on these talents as part of our worship and outreach into the community.
In Matthew 5, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
During the lockdown, there were four times more people watching services online than attended church prior to lockdown. That is an indication that people are curious and are looking for something. Do they know what they are looking for?
When people are looking for something they are drawn to light. We are to let our light shine that others will see it; our light is Christ in our lives shining forth.
Looking forward to a brighter future, together again