The Church of 2021 and into the year of 2022 is shaping up to be Church a bit altered from what we may be able to recall from just a few years ago. The manner in which worship services and even special gatherings are offered, most often utilizing a social media or other delivery platform such as Zoom or live streaming is considered as common place. Church has been adjusted to meet both the changes and needs of the time. With the vast majority of worship services now available to be received in the comfort of every parishioners’ home, many congregations are experiencing challenges with return of attendance for in-person worship.
American author, researcher and founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions offers thought on how good may be seen amidst post-quarantine drop in attendance.
Precious greetings in the name our Lord Jesus Christ. Church, in this day, we give honor and glory unto His name, the name above all others. Christ Jesus, speaking of himself unto the disciples in the days leading to his crucifixion, spoke “Behold…….. the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third dayhe shall rise again”(Mt. 20). Blessed be his holy name! As we prepare with all God’s people the world over to celebrate our risen Savior, let us be reminded of Luke’s recording, wherein the disciples, following the breaking of bread with Christ, confirmed “The Lord is risen indeed”!! Let us offer the high praise of thanksgiving… ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’ (1Peter 1:3-5 ESV).