A few weeks ago our Wednesday Morning Bible Study began the Letter of James. And I was struck by the opening verses of the first chapter, “my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” I must confess that I have not always considered the pandemic with joy (and there are days I considered the pandemic with uncouth language), but today I am quite joyful because of some important news about worship at and in the Chapel of the Cross and the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Thanks to new guidance from the Bishop, we can resume in-person worship in the Chapel of the Cross. Moreover, we can resume our traditional worship schedule with services at 7:30a, 8:45a, 11a, and 5p. Some pandemic mitigations do continue: attendance will be capped at 40 participants at each service in the Cross and 150 in the Resurrection, mask wearing and social distancing will be expected, your temperature may be checked before you enter, the Holy Eucharist will only be offered in one kind (bread), and congregational singing can’t resume. You can make a reservation for each service via SignUpGenius. If a service is full, please ask an usher to check you in.
One of the Sunday services each week (most likely the 11a) will continue to be broadcast on our website, Vimeo, and Facebook Live. And, Will and I are still thrilled to offer Garden Eucharists to anyone who wants to host a service in their yard, garden, etc. The Bishop’s latest guidance and our Policies are linked below. I am so very grateful for the help and leadership of our bishop, diocesan staff, Virus Committee, Vestry, and Wardens. They are excellent and wise folk.
I am so excited to see many of you on Sunday in the Chapel. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please ask. Be well & be joyful.
Keep the Faith,
Sunday’s 11a Bulletin