April 26, 2020
As we approach our 7th Sunday of suspension from normal gatherings, I want to just send a note of encouragement to all of you. We have at least three more weeks, most likely more, that we will still be doing online, virtual Morning Prayer for our Sunday worship. I will be listening for guidance from our bishop, as well as the governor and county health department regarding a timeline for returning to “normal” services. The vestry has appointed a subcommittee tasked with discerning and implementing all of the safety measures that will be needed once the building does reopen for gatherings of any number. We are so eager to see one another and gather once again in our beautiful building, but we want that reunion and celebration to be safe for all.
In the meantime, as we continue on with “quarantine as usual,” whatever that may look like for each of us, I just want you to know that you are in my heart, my thoughts and prayers while we are apart. Last week, on April 15th, I marked a year exactly since I received a phone call from Bill Plews extending to me the call to come and serve St. Luke’s as the next priest. I remember the delight in my heart as I said “Yes!” almost before he finished asking the question. A year later-a crazy, unexpected, grace-filled year later- I am still eagerly and delightedly saying “Yes!” to you, the people of St. Luke’s. I never imagined in seminary that this first year of ordained ministry would include a global pandemic, but thank God for grace! Thank God for each of you, who inspire me with your care for our community and one another, your courage and creativity, and your commitment to Christ’s love.
Far more profound and powerful than my yes, however, is that of God, who eagerly delights to say yes to us over and over again, every moment of every day. While we cannot gather together, let us trust God to keep us connected, to keep showing up in our lives with his loving presence and abiding strength. No matter what, he is always saying yes to being with us, and that will get us through this 7th week and beyond.
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