Have you ever wanted a “do-over”?
Evidently, in golf, it is called a Mulligan.
But whatever the name, the feeling is the same. For one reason or another, we see that we have made a mistake. Sometimes we begin with questioning ourselves: “Did I make the right decision?” I would really like to do this over again. If only,…”
After service, last Sunday, I was told that we had not been live streaming our service, which is our custom. Evidently, our camera operator got a message from Youtube notifying us that this service wasn’t available to people who have less than 1000 subscriptions. We have 660.
I received a great deal of praise about Sunday’s service and thought to myself that I should watch and learn from it to see what people are responding to.
I can’t do it.
The service was not recorded.
If I could have declared a Mulligan, I would have instructed the cameraman to record the service anyway.
Perhaps we can put it elsewhere so that it is at least recorded and can be archived.
We did not have an opportunity to have a do-over. Maybe it is just as well. Maybe people will really miss the message and the music and will be inspired to join us in person.
In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary and the other disciples have a conversation after Jesus was arrested but before he was crucified. The song is titled, “Could We Start Again, Please?”
Especially with last year’s made-for-television special, Sara Bareilles’ rendition was poignant and moving. She begins the song with these words: ”
Dying to see you, but it shouldn’t be like this
This was unexpected, what do I do now
Could we start again, please?
I’ve been very hopeful so far
Now for the first time, I think we’re going wrong
Hurry up and tell me this is just a dream
Or could we start again, please?”
You’ve even gone a bit too far to get the message home
Before it gets too frightening we ought to call a halt
So could we start again, please?”