I’m taking a break from my review of various spiritual gifts to check in with all of you regarding this time of forced physical separation. On August 3 the Vestry will be meeting again to discuss our situation and the best and safest way for us to engage in community. I think that at this point it is not a binary “will we/won’t we” decision but a question of what incremental steps can be taken, and how.
Several small groups have begun to meet outdoors in carefully managed gatherings, and while that is a welcome step, we will be closely following the public health trends locally to see if we continue supporting that.
Two things that the Vestry and I need from you, right now. First, please continue to engage in safe practices when it comes to interacting in public, even when it means being inconvenienced or mildly uncomfortable. The Apostle Paul said, “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:4) and “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at the harvest time, if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9) God has prepared for us the means to endure and overcome this disease, but we must all work together to get there as quickly as possible.
Second, we continue to need to hear from you: about how you are doing, about what your needs are as a member of this spiritual community, and also your own sense of readiness in rejoining public worship. This will help us know how to be faithful and responsive stewards and leaders of this church.
Thank you for your prayers and support. In the next few weeks many college students and teachers will be returning to classrooms and dormitories and I ask your prayers both for them and their families who will be naturally anxious about their safety. I should know–I’m one of them
Grace and peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.