First of all, thank you. Thank you for the way you have adapted and engaged in new ways and created new possibilities for ministry and prayer and connection during this pandemic year that disrupted almost every aspect of our lives.
The CDC’s recent release of updated guidelines, which were affirmed in our bishop’s announcement, gives more latitude for congregational health protocols and liturgical practices. Our vestry and Health & Safety Task Force want to respond faithfully. As you know, children under the age of 12 do not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine yet. For their sake, and for the sake of their parents, we’re not ready to take Sunday worship back to its pre-pandemic form. But here are some changes that will take place beginning this Sunday:
I have been astounded at the grace with which you have added masks and distancing and limits on singing and handshakes and so much more to your lives. Moving forward, we’ll need to continue living out the way of Jesus in very concrete ways, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and give special attention to the most vulnerable ones among us. We’ll also need to honor those who make different choices from ours. But I know you are eager to do so, as these are simply expressions of the lovingkindness you’ve been extending to others so beautifully all along.