Friends,

I cleaned off my desk this morning, moved everything off of it and gave it a solid dusting.  It’s not the task I had planned first thing in the morning – but I hadn’t planned on spilling coffee first thing in the morning either.  So, after hastily moving things aside to keep them from getting wet and grabbing a handful of paper towels to sop up the coffee, it seemed that rather than just putting things back how they were, it made sense to use the opportunity of spilled coffee to tackle the necessary, and too long put off, tasks of cleaning and dusting the desk.

I’ve heard more than a few people say they used the opportunity of a power outage last week to clean out and scrub down their refrigerators and freezers.  (By the way, I did that task too).

Here are a few quick things I learned from my cleaning project this morning:

  1. We can’t always anticipate what mishap is about to come our way.
  2. Sometimes unanticipated mishaps create opportunities to focus on tasks long overdue.
  3. The process can be messy, inconvenient and time consuming.
  4. The results just might be worth the effort.

We are in the process of making some decisions about worship, programming and calendaring events at the church.  Those are normal tasks as we move towards Fall, but none of us anticipated a global pandemic now stretching into its sixth month that would require us to rethink so much of what we are familiar with and that are forcing us to ask very different questions of what we will do and how are we going to do it.  It’s messy and inconvenient and time-consuming.  But, it is important work, maybe long overdue, as we focus on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of ministry in this current setting.

I hope you will join in prayer for and in the work of this Aldersgate Community as we seek new ways of being faithful in the days, weeks and months ahead.

I hope to see you soon,

Eric