|Posted by communications on September 2, 2020 at 3:35 PM|
September greetings! By the time you read this, (assuming the weather cooperates) we will have held our first in-person worship service since early March. My heart is humming with joy at the thought of celebrating Holy Eucharist with you after these long months of separation. Of course, it will not be the same as what we had before. Only 25 of us at a time are able to gather. We will break bread but keep our fast from the sharing the chalice. We won’t be able to see one another’s smiles under our masks. We won’t be able to hug each other or shake hands. We won’t be able to sing. Some are unable to return to worship in person yet. And yet, how exciting it is to gather together again, even in these different circumstances. I feel incredibly confident in the safety protocols the Diocese of North Carolina has put in place to make this possible and I look forward to praising God together in the coming days with Holy Eucharist on Wednesday nights and Sunday Mornings, and Wiggle Worship on Thursday mornings.
Of course, we are continuing to gather online for Morning Prayer each Sunday on Facebook. The sense of community we find in our online worship still surprises and delights me, even as I eagerly anticipate all the outdoor in person gatherings coming up. We are very blessed indeed to have our beautiful grounds for outdoor worship AND our technological capability for online worship. Regardless of the setting, our gatherings for prayer and praise of God are such a balm right now. In these days when isolation, vitriol, cynicism, and angst seem ever-present in our society, we need each other, and we need Jesus.
My family and I finally managed to get away for some vacation time at the end of August. It took herculean efforts from the staff and worship volunteers to make it happen, but we pulled it off and we were so grateful for the change of scenery and a chance to unplug. I hope you and your loved ones have also found opportunities for rest and recreation in recent months, whether at home or away. I pray that you are well in the ways that matter most, to quote a friend. God bless you, St. Alban’s.
Yours in Christ,