Lord, these days preparing for worship looks different.
I no longer prep the sanctuary, or listen to the choir rehearsing, or spend moments in my office opening myself to the Holy Spirit.
I don’t look around for the people in the halls and the pews, trying to greet them all by name.
These days, I wash my hands thoroughly and solemnly put on a mask, fully aware that my signature smile is hidden.
I place the video and sound equipment around me, making sure everyone can see and hear what is going on.
I put on gloves before I hand the order of worship to anyone, and make certain there are more than six feet between myself and the musicians.
And whenever I do all of this, I think of God. I think of my hope to serve. I think of my congregation and how much I miss them.
And I feel your blessing, as these movements of 6 plus weeks, have become a ritual of love and care and preparation.
Then I take a deep breath, like I always do, in every setting, send a quick prayer up to the Holy Spirit, and begin….
Thank you God for teaching me new ways to prepare for worship. Amen.
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