Dear Friends in Christ—
I know that we have all been watching the surge of the omicron variant with concern. The high degree of transmissibility of the virus, coupled with its ubiquity, mean that it is no longer wise for us to gather indoors for worship. The virus has simply too common and too catching—even for people who are vaccinated and cautious.
Church does not close. But once again, we must adapt, and here’s what we are doing.
Sunday mornings will include both livestreamed and outdoor worship:
- 9:30-10:15 Adult Forum, Zoom (Sunday School TBA)
- 10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist, livestreamed from the Nave
- 10:30 a.m. La Santa Eucaristia, Zoom
- 11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour, Zoom
- 12:00 noon, Choral Eucharist, Amphitheater (masks required at all times), weather permitting
Our Thursday healing eucharist will be temporarily suspended. Mother Nina and I have connected with most of our shut-ins already during this Christmas season, but we want to make sure the eucharist is available to those who desire it. If you would like us to bring you communion at home, please let us know. It would be a joy to do so.
The Parish Office and Food Pantry will remain open—but we will, of course, ask all volunteers to be masked at all times.
It is unclear at this time how long we will have to keep these changes in effect. We look forward to returning to indoor, in-person worship as soon as COVID metrics allow.
These changes make me sad and weary, as I suspect they do for many of you. But they also remind me of what really matters.
Church matters. And while we all love gathering together in our building, it is not only that experience that gives us God. The Spirit does not live exclusively in our nave. We connect with the Holy One through the sacraments, through works of service and justice, and through the love we share with one another. None of those things are going away. Indeed, I hope this time will cause us to focus on them more closely.
God is with us even now. Perhaps especially now. My prayer is that we will continue to seek him and continue to support one another with the love he has taught us.
Yours in Christ,