On Resuming Public Worship Gatherings

On Resuming Public Worship Gatherings

We were blessed to have Bishop Todd Hunter as our guest preacher this past Sunday reminding us of that the Lord is our Good Shepherd and we are kept safe in his Kingdom. If you have not listened to his message yet I encourage you to take a little time today to view it here.

He followed up his sermon with a message to our diocese about the choices faced by many churches about when and how to resume public worship. When we first cancelled our worship gathering back in March I talked about leading with love, especially love for the vulnerable in our communities. Bishop Todd reminds us of that same theme as we consider the timing of our return to public worship gatherings. He writes to us:

I recommend that we don’t try to meet in public too soon. Yes, we have the constitutional right to gather, but I am convinced that the accent in this moment should be on our spiritual responsibility to love and serve our neighbors by protecting them from catching the virus in large crowds. This is especially true for the elderly who attend many of our churches.

I encourage you to read his full letter and to join with us as we learn what it looks like to love God and others in the unprecedented time for the Church.