|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 20, 2020 at 12:05 AM|
How are you? How are your spirits today? I know we are all carrying an enormous amount of grief and anxiety right now, while also trying to muster all the joy and silver linings we can. It's bizarre to think back to this time last week when we were still trying to figure out how to safely worship together in person. Now, we know that won't be possible for some time. This week, the Bishops of the Diocese of North Carolina confirmed that, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and government, all in-person worship, gatherings, and non-essential meetings are suspended through at least May 17. It's quite surreal to think about not being together in the flesh for that length of time, not gathering in person for Holy Week and Easter, and abstaining from Holy Eucharist for that long, but that is what we must do for the health and safety of our wider community.
Right now, my family and I are trying to adjust to our new routine. I imagine many of you are doing the same. We are all figuring this out together, and things will be very different for a while. This week, Kevin and I have begun making pastoral contacts by phone with individuals and families, and this task will continue in the days and weeks to come. There is much we could do, and may do in the weeks to come, but right now, the pastoral care of our parish family is my top priority. I ask for your grace and patience with your clergy and staff as we juggle the demands of our families and our ministries. I also urge you to extend the same grace and patience to yourself and your loved ones. None of us were expecting this reality. None of us are totally prepared. But God is with us, and the love of Jesus Christ will accompany us through "many dangers, toils, and snares" as it always has. I love you, I miss you, and I am praying for you.
Yours in Christ,