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Dear St. Laurence, 


We’ve had sunshine, warm weather, and opportunities to be outside with friends and family. I’ve been grateful for that.   Even on a cloudy, rainy day like today, I’ll still get together for a hike with a friend.   And while I’ve been enjoying summer, I find myself concurrently baffled by COVID.  What is this fall going to look like when the weather isn’t as nice?  Will we be isolating in our homes again?  Did Adrian Dix really say that things will be like this into 2022?  Will it go on that long?  Really?   I can understand that rationally, yet there’s a whole other part of me that feels that this is still surreal.  I long for our old normal.  I want things to go back to the way they were - where we weren’t worried about being gathered together.  Where we could socialize freely, sing boldly, and share a common cup of Eucharistic wine.  


Are those days really gone for now?  It’s hard to believe.  


And so I’m challenged to have faith.  To believe that God is somehow in the midst of all this, working all things for the good.  That we will come out on the other side.  That we are ultimately going to be OK.  


I’m realizing it's important not to forget who we are.  We are people who trust that God is good.  That our spiritual lives matter.  That something important happens when we pray and ponder the wisdom of our scriptures together.  


We are a community of folk on a spiritual journey, and our connection encourages and supports us in that journey.  We are better together.  


So, starting September 13, we will be changing the times of our live-stream and in-person gathering.  The hope is to be able to better meet our needs for community.  Our live-stream will take place at 9:30am, and it will follow the same format we have currently been using.  Then at 10:30am, we will hold our in-person gathering.  This will include Eucharist and a chance to socialize after the service.  We’ll see how this goes.  We are still limited to only 50 people.  We won’t be able to share a common cup of wine.  The only singing will be done by a soloist, (but we can all hum.)  Our food and beverage will be limited at social hour.  But we will be able to see each other, despite the masks.  And even at 2 meters distance, we will be present.  


I’m looking forward to it, even though I have grief that it’s not the same as it used to be.  


It will be good to see you and be with you again.  


Peace, 


Eric


PS:  Update on the Youth & Family Ministry Program.   After my last email announcing the hire of Jason Wood as our new Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator and Melody Burns as our Youth Program Collaborator, I got an email from Melody saying she had been offered a full-time position at Sorrento, and that she was not going to be able to join us after all.  So, we have posted the position of Youth Collaborator again and are interviewing candidates.  I am hopeful that we will still have a strong team for the Youth Program this fall.