Dear People of God,
I know that many of you are eager to gather in church. I miss you too! But we are entering a new era in which safety from this virus is paramount. The Bishop and I, along with your staff and Vestry, are deep in prayer and conversation about how we can worship together and safely. Until we can come to a clear consensus, and until the Bishop gives us the green light, we must continue to worship virtually.
Here are some tips for your spiritual development in this time.
- Come up with a daily and disciplined practice of prayer. I hope you can tune in to my daily morning devotions, and Lewis Hunt leads a beautiful evening prayer service online every evening at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live. Work your prayer time into your life in a very committed way. It is not optional. It is necessary when we have to manage so much uncertainty and transition.
- Give thanks every day for small blessings. Flowers still bloom, and friendships still reach out over the computer and the iPhone to touch us. Don’t just experience these things; give thanks for them.
- Begin to understand that whatever kind of world God is calling us to create, it will be a different world. It is ok to lament and be sad, but then look up and look forward. It is a new day, and new things are being born all the time.
- Find a small group of fellow parishioners and talk to one another on Zoom. Pray together. Do not be isolated from your faith community. If you need help with this contact Owene Courtney or Laura Eldredge. Know that your church is alive and that our love at the core is stronger than ever. Christ has risen, and we are rising too.
May God bless you and keep you. I will keep you informed as to every step that we take moving forward.