This morning we are starting the slow process of restoring our worship and fellowship, but we are not the first to have to do this.
It has been over a year since many of us have been able to participate in the congregational singing of the church.
It has been over a year since we have been in the same room to share the Lord’s supper together.
It has been over a year since we have broken bread together.
Some of what has sustained us spiritually are the Christian relationships that were built during times that we could work together, serve God together and break bread together.
Being together allowed us to better encourage each other because we could see each other’s joy, pain, distress and uncertainty in body language and countenance. Being separated takes that away.
Don’t get me wrong. We have fully utilized the technological tools that God has blessed us with, to connect in this environment. But today we pray is the beginning of a restoration of the worship and the fellowship of the church that is so valuable to us as Christians.
As unique as this situation may seem to us, The Bible teaches that there is nothing new under the sun. So let me share with you another time when God’s people had to restore their worship. It is found in Ezra Chapter 3:1-4. It was not easy; it was not instant. Everything was not perfect, but they did it. We can too.