On worship and the Lord’s Supper at home
I love assembling with brethren and feel deeply saddened over this…
Members of the Eastridge Church of Christ got a bit concerned when they tuned in for their congregation’s Sunday livestream.
At first glance, it appeared that the Rockwall, Texas, congregation was violating the state’s shelter-in-place mandate prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people — not to mention the distinct lack of social distancing.
Closer inspection, however, revealed that most of the congregants were unlikely to spread COVID-19 due to their complete lack of feet.
The church borrowed puppets from its children’s ministry to use as seat fillers, said Alan Middleton, youth and associate minister. The puppets had plenty of time, since they weren’t able to make their annual trip to the Leadership Training for Christ conference in Dallas with their young puppeteers. However, they didn’t return for the next week’s sermon, Middleton said, “because the preacher was too animated.”
In Dallas, the Prestoncrest Church of Christ also employed puppets to give their preacher a “live” audience. These special worshipers are thought to be immune to the virus, Prestoncrest senior minister Gordon Dabbs joked, “so we may end up installing the puppets as elders and deacons to help us with herd immunity in our church.”
In Fayetteville, Tenn., members of the Howell Hill Church of Christ filled the pews with nearly 75 stuffed animals — representing many of the members’ personalities — as a surprise for their preacher, Tim Hall.
“We believe Jesus expressed every emotion we express: joy, peace, anger, laughter, all of them,” Hall said. “This was one way our membership at Howell Hill felt they could share some love and encouragement to others.”
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