“Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:24-25)
These last few lines from the Epistle for 7 Pentecost resonate in these pandemic times - but maybe not the last bit “wait for it with patience”. Pandemic patience is hard. More often than not, our cry is more like this: “Lord, grant me patience and give it right NOW!”
Of course, we cannot see the end of this trial and, as such, we do hope for what we cannot see. As the hymn says, “All my hope on God is founded, who does still my trust renew; through all change and chance God guides me, only good and only true.” In Christ, we are a people of hope!
With this in view, we want you to be informed about some of the hopeful steps we are taking not only to reopen our building, but to renew our bonds of affection with one another and to connect in meaningful ways.
Further to approval from Bishop Rob, we are gratefully using the months of July and August to start re-opening our building with these initial steps:
We have decided to proceed with morning prayer services at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday (July 21-23) for a maximum 12 people.
Registration is required and can be completed through this form.
Next week, we will communicate further opportunities to worship together pending success on our first attempts.
As we make efforts to start using our building again, we expect to livestream Sunday Morning Prayer services from the Nave about every other week in July and August to get the feel for the new equipment and processes.
It is our hope that as all goes well with our initial efforts for small group services and livestreaming from the Nave, we will be able to start holding Sunday Morning Prayer services with a congregation (maximum 30 people) in September.
As services are planned, this registration form
will provide the schedule.
PLEASE NOTE: registration is required to attend services.
Thanks for your patience – and forbearance – as we take these initial steps. Our leadership team, and especially our special “COVID Taskforce Team” (Michelle, Rosalyn, Shelley, and Joel) has worked hard to prepare us to reopen our building. Now, we will walk forward in faith, hope, and, by God’s grace, patience too.
In God’s grace & grip,