Good News! Bishop Goff sent a letter to the clergy saying that churches can reopen as of May 28. Our goal will be to have our first indoor worship on June 6 but there is a lot of work ahead of us to make that happen. We have been so fortunate as a church family to not have anybody become ill with COVID-19. We want to continue that record as we reassemble so there will be guidelines that we will follow. The Vestry and Worship Leaders will meet to set those guidelines. We praise God for this news.
Our Worship Leaders are already scheduled through June and I anticipate that we will plan to continue doing Morning Prayer for all of June. Our celebration of Communion is restricted to sharing bread only at this time as we cannot pass a common cup. Perhaps there is a way to use individual cups of wine and we will investigate that possibility and be better able to celebrate the traditional Eucharist with bread and wine beginning in July when we can schedule clergy to be with us. We would follow the schedule that we had prior to the pandemic: with two Sundays of Morning Prayer a month and two Sundays celebrating the Eucharist with guest clergy.
Recently Nancy Wiseman told us that she was going to start a “Random Act of Kindness” day in memory of a friend she lost to cancer two years ago. Nancy suggested that we do something as a part of this effort. Just this week I saw a quote which reminded me of Nancy’s idea which I want to share it with you.
“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
A big thank you to everyone who has been so faithful in their giving to the church. During the past 15 months that we have been unable to meet in person, it is remarkable that we have not had any problems serving the Lord in stewardship matters. What a blessing!
Dave will be giving us the message this week with Pam leading the music. Richard will lector and Betty will lead the prayers. This is Whitsunday in the church’s calendar, the day that we celebrate Pentecost. The readings are Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:22-27 and the Gospel reading is John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.
As you “attend” church this week just think about what it will take to actually “go” to church when we open the doors in a few weeks. Meanwhile, here is the Zoom info for this Sunday : https://us02web.zoom.us//446103183 Password: 273453