Today is the third in a series of four Sundays on being the church during a pandemic. The people who planned this series observed that, “our congregation’s routines, structures, and gatherings have been disrupted.” They asked the pastors to craft sermons about “the practices, rituals, and structures that will serve us well into the future.” The particular focus they choose for today is the reconciling ministry of the church.
By now we’ve lived with Covid-19 long enough to know some of its social effects: a loss of loved ones, a rise in political and racial tensions, an increase in economic enmity. Social relationships in the United States are being damaged in dreadful ways.
- 2 Corinthians 5:16 - 20