Watching & Waiting

By Jim Voigt

In June we jumped back into the saddle of regular worship services at HUMC. I say regular, but nothing is as it used to be. We moved from a 10:30am service to two different services: 9am and 11am. We took the greeting time out as well as passing the baskets for the offering. We don’t have Children’s Time or Kid’s Church in order to minimize their exposure to one another. We have trimmed the services down to 45 minutes and are sanitizing between them. We are also still offering a recorded worship service on Youtube and will have the ability to do a live worship feed in the next month. You know, just a few changes, but we are figuring this all out together.

Our church is no different from many churches right now. People are watching and waiting to see what happens with the Coronavirus as everything opens back up. This is completely understandable. I know we will see people trickle in each Sunday this summer as people watch and wait. The biblical prophet Micah found himself in a similar position. He had seen destruction and loss show up at the front door of his nation. He became very frightened for his safety and concerned that his people might never be restored to their previous place of prominence. In Micah 7:7 he said, “But as for me, I watch and hope in the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.” As we watch and wait out of concern for our safety, remember to watch and wait for God to work in your life and the lives of others. God will hear our prayers and provide for His children. Lean into your faith, lift up your prayers and know that God is with us during these challenging days. Watch and wait for the Lord.