Our Church Migration
Last weekend our family went to North Head. With binoculars in hand, we looked out to sea hoping to catch a glimpse of a passing humpback whale. Unfortunately, on this occasion, we did not see any whales.
Typically, the coming weeks should be good for whale watching in Sydney. The humpback whales are making their way north following a summer of feeding in Antarctic waters. They pass Sydney on their way to their breeding grounds in warmer waters. According to Wild about Whales, the average migration of the humpback is 5000 km, making it one of the longest mammal migrations on earth. That is a lot of swimming!
As a church, we also have a lot of swimming ahead. This Sunday we will be holding our first service in our buildings since March. But it is not a simple return. It will be a long journey, a whale of a migration. It will involve lots of hard work.
For some, it is not appropriate for health reasons to return to public meetings at this stage. Some may not be ready to return. Even if you can join us, you will quickly discover that there are significant changes to allow for physical distancing and other health and safety measures. There will be joys in meeting together, but also the hardship of missing out on some of the parts of the church life that can be so meaningful – including singing, morning tea, sitting next to a friend or simply shaking hands. The migration to new waters for our Sunday services may take some time. We will be learning to adapt, while praying for the wider global situation with the pandemic.
Let me encourage you. It is OK if it feels like hard work. Let us work together in love. Let us persevere and keep going into the future God has for us.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make
every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.