2022: what to expect.
There is beauty and blessing in ignorance. If we would know all things that are ahead of us, we might easily panic. To have a long list of all good and bad things that will happen to us in the year ahead would be a disaster as we would be unable to live our life normally today.
When we make our plans for the year ahead, we do that assuming that all things will be equal. We assume that no dramatic changes will occur. If we would think that the year ahead would be totally different from 2021, we would be paralysed and not make any plans.
So we make plans as if nothing changes, while we know there will be many unexpected events, both good and bad. Life is complicated!
As a church we make our plans. Because of Corona, they have been pretty badly impacted. Thank God, some new people have found their way to our worship services, but others did not dare to come to church anymore and we miss them!
So how to plan church life for the year ahead?
I think the only way forward is to assume that nothing much will change. That means, in 2022 we will still, every now and then, suffer the upheavals of Covid-19 and government restrictions even though we hope for better times.
For 2022, we are planning a serious focus on discipleship in our church. We wilI assume that much of the ‘training’ in discipleship will not be in study groups where we sit around the table, as we did in church BC. We will use our zoom-technology, as we are doing presently.
In the first half of 2022, in sermons as well as in zoom-studies, we will focus on how to be students of Jesus Christ in faith and works. In mind and actual life. With heart, head and hands.
I look forward to this! Even though we do not know what 2022 will bring. Our hope is in our Lord God, the solid basis of our life. Even when the tectonic plates under our feet seem to be shifting and we might feel insecure, we know we are safe in the hands of our Lord. What a great place to be in!
God bless you. Rev Jos Strengholt