May 29, 2020 | by Gregg DeMey
Usually the words, “Let’s take this outside” are followed by a fight or altercation. Today, as we officially enter Phase 3: Recovery of the Restore Illinois plan in response to COVID-19, “Let’s take this outside” is a fine summary of the new possibilities that lie ahead.
Here are just a few of the changes in store: Health clubs and gyms are able to host outdoor classes. State parks are open including activities permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing. Restaurants with outdoor seating are able to serve diners at socially distanced tables. Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted with encouragement to meet outdoors if possible.
At ECRC, we’ve been asking the same question again and again, “What’s next for the church?”
The range of personal responses has been incredible. This graphic represents the diversity of our thinking and opinion:
Elmhurst CRC’s COVID-19 Response Team met earlier this week via Zoom and discerned the following that our congregation can “take it outside” during the month of June:
As we celebrate Pentecost during this Sunday’s worship service, it’s good for us to remember that on the first Christian Pentecost, 2,000 years ago, Jesus’ disciples huddled in an upper room and asked the same question, “What’s Next?” The Holy Spirit’s response was to come in power and take the church and the Gospel outside: first to Jerusalem, then to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. By God’s grace we’re arriving at a similar moment in which taking it outside is just the right thing to do.
~ Pastor Gregg