Dear People of God,
Recently we communicated in verbal announcements and in the E-vangelist that we would continue with online worship for at least the month of May. Today is May 31, so that raises the question: “When will we regather for worship in our church?”
Given the strict guidelines for in-person gatherings issued by civil authorities, the pastoral directives and expectations of our bishop, and the continuing uncertainty about where we are with the spread and containment of COVID-19, that's a challenging question to answer. And because ensuring the safety of our people is one of our most important values as a Christian community, I am not comfortable regathering for worship until we have thought things through from multiple angles.
For that reason, I have formed a Regathering Task Force. This group consists of myself, Father Chris Golding, Deacon Reese Wiggins, Jim Thompson as our senior warden, Sara MacDowell as our junior warden, Becky Williams as our parish nurse, and Robert Miller as our facilities manager. This group is working with me to think through not just the logistics of returning to in-person worship, but also the tone (what things feel like) and optics (what things look like) of regathering under strict guidelines, and how best to retain our core values as a community of faith under such conditions.
Out of an abundance of caution, as of today, we are not prepared to publicly announce a date for regathering for worship on the St. Luke’s campus. We will continue livestreaming a Sunday service for the foreseeable future. We will continue the other communications, formation, and pastoral care ministries that help us stay connected. The Regathering Task Force will continue discerning and planning for next steps. And we will keep you updated on any changes in our worship plans.
In the meantime, please be assured of our love and our prayers for you. And if you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Father Chris, Deacon Reese, or Becky Williams. We welcome hearing from you.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore (2 Corinthians 13:14).
6th Rector of St. Luke’s