From the Preacherman….
You are invited. That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? You are invited
to church! Well, that’s even better. And you are, this Sunday evening,
September 13, at 6 p.m., for a Vespers service outside in our parking lot.
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. And bring communion, bread and
cup, we don’t care what. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, but we
won’t pass the trays. There will be room enough to sit, with adequate
social distancing, but some of you will likely need to park along the street.
If you plan to remain in your car, by all means, park in the lot.
We will have worship: Some music, some Scripture and a homily, a
time at the Lord’s Table. We will get to see each other, even if it is at a
distance, and we will get to worship together, a little less separately than
we have been doing for 6 months now. 6 months! Yes, it has been that
long. I have missed you, more than I can possibly express. If the weather
conspires against us and we have to cancel, we will try again on 9/20.
We will try something else on September 20. We will try to add some
people to in-person worship. Your Task Force for Re-Opening has a
schedule we will use to welcome you back into worship. Hopefully, you
have seen this schedule, determined by first letter of your last name:
September 20: A, B, I
September 27: C, D, E, T
October 4: F, G, J
October 11: H, K, L, N
October 18: M, O, P, Q, S
October 25: R, V, W, Y, Z
If you are looking for perfect, you have come to the wrong place. Like
everything else these days, this is simply our best effort. We hope this
schedule can be compressed soon. When that happens, we will let you
know. We know that many of you will not feel comfortable returning to
worship in person any time soon. I understand that. I truly do. We will
continue our online broadcasting on Facebook, Mixlr and The Church is
Calling. Join us there until you can join us in person.
I look forward with hope. I hope to see you Sunday evening. I hope
to see you in worship or online. I hope, not because I have some unusual
ability, but because the One I follow offers hope even in the face of death.
We need that now. More than ever. Come and see.