What we’re doing in worship today (2)
It’s Sunday #2 of worship in the days of coronavirus restrictions. This week, our small congregation will not meet together in the sanctuary. However, we have chosen an alternative.
It started when one of our members insisted that he would ring the church bell on Sunday morning. We have a historic building and a long tradition of ringing our church bell on the Lord’s Day, and he didn’t think it should be silenced this week. So, at 10am, he will ring it so that all the surrounding countryside will know that our church family is still here in their midst.
Next, we invited anyone who is able to drive their car to our parking lot to hear the bell ring. So, in a manner of speaking, we will gather, but in a rather unique way.
After the bell is rung, I will go car by car, sprinkling each one with a baptismal blessing:
May you remember that you are God’s beloved children
Buried with Christ in baptism
And raised to walk in newness of life!
Then I will ask an occupant in each vehicle to roll a window down and I will pray for them, saying:
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord help you to be anxious in nothing,
But may the peace of God guard your heart in Christ Jesus.
May the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom.
And may you go in his peace to serve the Lord. Amen.
Drive-through church, I guess.
I see it as a sign of faith, hope, and love that nothing can extinguish.
VIDEO: St George Bell