Dear Saint Laurence,
It was briefly sunny this morning, a break in what seems to be increasing darkness and gloom. Our days seem to be a mix of glorious moments of sunshine in-between periods of dark, gray drizzle.
Today, at 3pm, Dr. Bonnie Henry will announce restrictions regarding public events, including worship gatherings. For at least the next 28 days we will have to suspend our in-person worship services and church related gatherings. I personally find it disappointing and disheartening. Like many, I’m tired of COVID-19. I wish it would go away. And yet, as we are reminded, COVID-19 isn’t tired of us. It continues to flourish and spread quite easily.
So, I accept these restrictions as the necessary means to protect the most vulnerable among us. I am thankful that we have wise leadership, which we, the people, broadly support. Let us be wisely cautious and take the required safety measures, but let us not give into fear.
The older I get, the more I’ve come to believe that the spiritual journey is a movement out of fear, defensiveness and self-protection into trust, openness and love. Can we trust that God is good? Can we be open to the potential gift of this moment? Can we live in the strength of knowing how deeply we are loved? This pandemic prompts me to enter more deeply into all three of those questions.
For the next four weeks, we will continue to worship, pray, and grow together as people journeying towards God. But we won’t be doing that in-person. There will be no in-person worship on Sundays or Wednesdays until at least December 17th. We will worship on Sundays, via live-stream at 10am. Please note the time change. And we will reinstitute the ZOOM Social Hour after church. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/96414938528 Join us!
The Wednesday Bible Study/Morning Prayer will happen at 8:30am by ZOOM. Contact me for details. All Youth and Family Ministry activities will also happen on-line.
We will have to wait and see what this all means for Christmas. Hopefully, we will have in-person services on Christmas Eve at 4pm & 10pm, and a live-stream at 8:30pm. Plus a Christmas Day service at 10:30am with Eucharist
We shall see . . .
Blessings to you all in the midst of this,