I just watched Aldersgate’s first online worship service. Life in the times of COVID-19! As the clock counted down, I was as nervous as I have ever been; my knees were bouncing as I was poised over the laptop to reply to comments. We taped it on Thursday (3 days ago – interestingly symbolic at almost-Easter time), so I knew how it went. But still, technology is technology and sometimes glitches.
A quick scroll down Facebook when it was all over showed me TONS of people doing the same. Big churches, small churches, praise bands, and preachers alone in front of their phones. God help us as we try to stay connected while our bodies can’t be in the same room!
I’ve heard lots of people predict that things will never be the same after this experience. I think they’re right. Once we realize the power of social media worship, will we ever go back? Our service connected to 983 people, according to Facebook. I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds pretty wonderful! We “talked” during church. We offered prayer requests and commented on the sermon. Nobody looked disapprovingly and shushed us.
The first time we are all together again, I hope we value the time so much more! I can’t wait for the next time I get to hug someone. I’ll never take it for granted again.
Here is the link to the service – CLICK HERE
It is also on our YouTube channel
Keep talking. Keep connecting. We will survive! I love you all!