Arbor Grove Congregational Church
June 2020

The Times They Are A-Changin

In 1963 Bob Dylan wrote a song titled, "The Times They Are A-Changin”. Written for anti-establishment feeling of the time. The lyrics may not be exactly fitting today but title seemed appropriate for our current time.
As a pastor, I have been in discussion and meetings, via phone or Zoom, with other pastors and religious leaders in our faith community. All faith communities are faced with the same issues.

When can we open our house of worship for the                  congregation to gather again?
How will we handle the social distancing issue?
How or when will we be singing in our house of                  worship?
How will the worship service change?
Will there be a social time before or after the service?
How will we serve our congregation going forward?
Will we continue to broadcast our service?
How many of the congregation will return?
Will our boards and committees meet in person or              continue via technology?

These are a few of the issues common to all houses of worship. I am certain when we return to our house of worship the service will look and feel different “The Times They Are A-Changin”.

Until we all feel safe and secure that this virus is under control, there is adequate testing and cures or inoculations that protect us, we all need to be cautious for our health and others. There are certainly more questions than answers, but we are all in this together and we will get through this together.

The only certainty I can offer at this time is I continue to be available to talk with anyone anytime. I will continue to pray for those on our prayer list, as well as other houses of worship. I continue to pray for the essential workers, first responders, corrections officers, health care workers, chaplains, and other ministers.

I urge everyone to take time each day for a few moments of prayer for yourself. Take a moment each day to simply be quiet, no TV, no phone, no radio, iPad, or computer, just a time of peace and quiet. This can have a major impact on how you face the rest of the day and how you interact with others. These moments of solitude and prayer are important in our lives, more so now as “The Times They Are A-Changin”.

I found this quote from Maya Angelou that I think is fitting for life.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to           thrive; and to do so with some passion, some                   compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Keep the faith and may God bless you with Peace, Perseverance, and Peace always.

Pastor Jerry
Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
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