The End of One Year, the Beginning of Another
This Sunday is the last Sunday in the Christian year. Traditionally it is “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday. It is a day to reflect on where we are in our faith journey as individuals and as a community. This year, it is also “Thanksgiving Sunday” and a day to give thanks.
We have much to be grateful for at Living Table. We have survived difficult times. It will not come as news to anyone that pandemic has changed church life in many, many ways. Many congregations are trying to figure out how to “get people back” who stopped attending during the hard months of being only online. The reality is that the majority of those folx aren’t going to return if they have not already.
There are many reasons for this. No community is perfect. As we navigated the turbulence of recent years, we didn’t always meet everyone’s needs. Some people felt forgotten and some just didn’t like Zoom. Others just got out of the habit of attending worship. And for still others, life changes meant that they were no longer able to attend worship.
If we accept that folx are not likely to return, then we must also embrace the community we are even as we discern who we are becoming and what God is asking of us. What gifts do we have to offer? What can we be doing or sharing that others might need?
On the brink of Advent, let us be grateful for the year that is ending and the still-newness of who we are in this place. We are a people of hope, and we trust that God will guide us and shape us with wisdom and grace in the year to come.
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