July 26, 2020
I am delighted to share that the red doors of St. Luke’s will once again be open, on Sunday August 2nd for our first gathering to worship since March 8 . We had no idea at that time that it would be 5 months of virtual services encompassing most of Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and a good portion of Ordinary Time. We had no idea the number of people whose lives would be lost, the number of jobs suspended, the hours of work replaced with hours of anxiety spent in isolation. We had no idea that our new normal would involve face masks, plexiglass shields, and the absolute restriction against coming within 6 feet of one another.
The joy of our returning must be tempered with the weight of these last five months, and what they have cost our communities, near and far. And even as we joyfully return, I think the regathering for many of us will feel tentative, and uncertain. We do not yet know if we will be completely safe, although we are doing everything we know to do. And there are many, who for good reason, simply cannot risk being out and about in gatherings just yet.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian, wrote many years ago about “costly grace,” grace that enters our lives freely but does not allow us to remain the same. God’s grace is one that asks something of us- to trust God’s love to operate in ways that change us. This season has been one of costliness, and the grace that has sustained us these months has not left us the same. As we go forward in this new season of hybrid worship — some gathered, some watching online — we trust that grace to encompass and infuse both our joys and our fears, our gratitude and our longing. We long to be fully regathered, as we honor the safety that online worship affords many of the ones we cherish. This community, this family of St. Luke’s may be changed, but we will tenaciously cling to one another and the grace that binds us. May God bless and keep us all, now and always.
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Rector: The Rev. Elizabeth Harden
Office Hours: Suspended for now
Sabbath Day: Friday
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