Dear People of God,
I’m writing to let you know that I miss and love you all more than words can say. It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to be together as one family in Christ. I have been longing for the day when we can all be together again in our beautiful church.
And so it gives me great joy to share good news. In compliance with received guidelines, St. Luke’s will reopen for worship at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 28. And with Bishop Thompson’s blessing and with his guidelines, we will resume receiving Holy Eucharist on Sunday, July 5.
It’s true that things will be a bit different as we begin phased-in regathering. But the most important things remain unchanged. St. Luke’s is still a faithful, joyful, loving, and caring faith community. Jesus is still the risen Lord who has overcome the world. Nothing in all of creation can separate us from his love. And with God’s help, we will continue working together to support each other and to meet every challenge with grace, joy, and humor.
Our Regathering Task Force is putting the finishing touches on guidelines and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that we plan to share with you next week. Those documents will give you more information on how we will safely gather for worship.
In the meantime, I continue to feel honored and humbled to serve as Rector of this wonderful family in Christ. I am grateful to everyone for joining us for online worship, prayers, and fellowship opportunities, and I thank you for your continuing support of our ministries. I am excited that we can now begin slowly moving out of our time of exile and back into in-person worship in our beloved and sacred space. And I look forward to continuing to serve with you as together we fulfill our mission of caring for one another, spiritual growth, and bringing others closer to God through Jesus Christ.
Fr. Bryan Owen
6th Rector of St. Luke’s