The Times They are a Changing . . .
We are finally able to get back to normal . . . maybe. This year has been a year of constant maybe. Masks or no masks, vaccines or not, and well, consult your internet search engine of choice. So, I am writing to tell you good news, but keep your masks handy.
On Sunday the 20th of September, we will begin worship inside our sanctuary for the first time in more than five months. We have had worship in our sanctuary all summer, just one person at a time and no communion.
Every week, except for two, I have been in the sanctuary, setting up a tripod and lights and wireless microphones and my cellular phone to broadcast services. And every week it has been weirdly lonely.
The Body of Christ was never really sent out into the world alone. Jesus sent out the apostles two by two. Hermits are the exception, not the rule, in the Christian church. We are meant to be together. So register and join us at either 10:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. next Sunday, live in person for communion. Seating is limited as per our Diocesan-approved guidelines, so watch for the registration email and sign up online or call the church office to join us next Sunday, live and in person for communion.
As with everything this year, there is a little fine print. Everything is dependent on the number of cases in the county and hospital beds available. The communion will only be in one kind. We will still be masked and socially distanced. And it will still feel a bit strange.
Over the last few weeks, we have been worshiping in person at seven a.m. on Sundays; we have discovered that this is doable and safe. For some people it will not be time yet, and I encourage you to be cautious and know that this is just a beginning. We will get through this together. And we will continue to make online services available weekly for the foreseeable future.
Being the Body of Christ is not our vocation at the church, but as the church. We are the Body of Christ in the world, whether we gather or not for communion. We are the Body on Zoom or Facebook, at the office or the grocery store or even at home. We have to remain together as Paul wrote, “Do not neglect being together as some are in the habit of doing.”
You are an ambassador of God’s Rule of Love in the world. This week we will continue to look at forgiveness as our advertising for God’s grace. It is required of us. So let’s explore together how our mercy represents God’s.
I look forward to seeing you soon in church however we are together.
The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards