Gathering Together Update
Posted on September 22, 2020
Friends in Christ,
These last months have been hard. We’ve been separated. We’ve been isolated. We’ve been doing it for a good cause – the health and safety of others. We want to continue to be vigilant and practice all of our hard-learned COVID protocols. But it is also time to gather together once again for common worship. I am pleased to announce that we will begin the practice of having three Sunday Morning Prayer services in the Nave. In person services will begin this Sunday, Sept. 27. Service times will be 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am and registration will be required.
I am overjoyed at the prospect of seeing your (masked) smiling faces! However, I want to reiterate that some things about church will be much changed in our COVID season. The staggered service times, the safety protocols, the lack of singing, registering to attend services… These precautions (which you can see detailed in Stage 3 of our phased plan) will surely throw us for a loop. I am confident that Trinity will overcome these challenges and gather in joy.
Please know that if you are in an at-risk group, or if you simply feel unsafe physically coming to church, you are encouraged to stay home. The 9:30 service will continue to be streamed on our YouTube channel so you can participate fully.
Christian Education for the fall/winter will have a mix of online and in-person activities, some of which have already been announced for children and youth. Stay tuned for adult offerings once we work out the kinks from our return to worship.
There are lots of other instructions included in this mailing from our Parish Administrator and Jr. Warden (see below), but I want to personally thank you for your continued patience and perseverance. Church might not be “back to normal” for quite a while. There’s also a chance that we will need to return to online-only gatherings. Some people will need to continue to isolate and we will miss them terribly. As people of faith, I know we can move forward and do the work Christ has given us to do.
I leave you with this passage from the Apostle Paul to the Philippians. He reminds them that in sharing in Christ’s sufferings, they also share in His resurrection. He encourages them to continue to move forward, despite difficulty:
“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.” Philippians 3:13-16
Press on, friends. And hold fast to what we have attained.