They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Tomorrow morning, we will hear a song from the children that reminds us that it’s you and me and Christ that build community. I am so grateful that our youngest disciples and their families are willing to contribute to our worship experience, even at a distance.
Community. Fellowship. Breaking bread together. These words, like many others, have taken on new significance in this time of social distancing. Last night we ordered take-out from our favorite Portuguese restaurant. They have opted not to reopen even though others have. When I stepped inside to pick up our order, I was taken aback by the empty room where usually tables are set and people are enjoying eating together.
It was yet another reminder that the world is a different place. It certainly has made us appreciate the simple things we so much took for granted before the pandemic. During confirmation class last weekend, I asked the youth what they missed most during this time of sheltering in place. Every one of them said they were anxious to be able to be able to go back to school. The most interesting thing to me was that they said they were even eager to be with the students who used to annoy the heck out of them. Let us pray that when we are again able to gather and devote ourselves to fellowship and the breaking of bread that we remember how precious those times together are. Until then, we are fortunate to be able to gather through technology.
Loving God, we give you thanks for our community of faith that continues to pray together, even at a distance. Help us to continue to care for each other until we can once again come together for fellowship and worship. Amen.