This is to inform you that we will not hold service in the church building tomorrow. You may attend online, and you may watch the service later on YouTube.
A great deal of deliberation went into this decision. I consulted the wardens and Dr. Wherry, as well as colleagues both in the Episcopal and other churches. I asked for the vestry to offer their opinion. As Rector I made this decision myself, so any disappointment or complaint should be directed solely at me.
Public worship is very important. The sacrament is the medicine of our souls. Yet, caring for our neighbors, showing them love, is also worship. It is my belief that by joining the great team effort being taken throughout these fifty states by countless churches, sports agencies, school systems and universities, civic groups, festivals, businesses, and others to help us socially distance we are loving our neighbor. We are halting the rapid spread of this virus. We are giving our health system breathing room. We are loving God by loving our neighbor and there is no doubt in my mind that God savors this worship with enormous delight. Blessed be God, and blessed by God's kingdom now and forever.
Save this email and use those links tomorrow. This might be a time for you to visit other churches as well, but be sure to come to our worship and give us likes and make positive comments!
As I figure out how we can move more of our functions to virtual space please note that there will be no activities in the church building this week. Look for emails and texts how you might join activities online. Please note that the Ecumenical Service next week has also been cancelled.
One last appeal. The Community Helping Place is running out of food. This is a very difficult time for those who suffer food insecurity. If you can joyfully and responsibly donate money to the Community Helping Place at this time I urge you to do. You may do so online at this link: https://communityhelpingplace.org/donate/
O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.