A joke is going around “our” circles that gets right at our sentiments. “Who would have guessed a couple of weeks ago that we would have to give up church for Lent?” Yes, funny, but not true. The church is wherever 2 or 3 gather with the promise that Jesus will be among us. So there! Church will not give us up nor we it, though we will have it in both digital space and socially-distanced space.
Given the latest developments, there are changes in our Sunday plans as compared to what was previously announced. Worship will be streamed at 11am AND it will include the Communion Liturgy. We will NOT gather for Communion on the rear lawn. Rather, households are encouraged to have bread and wine at hand while you watch the livestream and to share communion then with each other as you see us likewise share on the stream. We guarantee you will be able to hear words better, and invite you to follow along with the virtual bulletin that will accompany the stream. THEN, at Noon, any of you who would like instead to receive communion (bread only) at the church are encourage to “drive-through” either parking lot, beginning at Noon (for the rear lot, enter from Greenbriar and exit on Chaucer).
Yes, this is unusual. Good and caring pastoral theology, however, sees no difference between our communing with all the saints over time and space in the Eucharistic event and our sharing in digital space in times of emergency. The church’s preference, to be sure, is to enjoy God’s blessings in and with a physical community. Exigencies are occasions for us to experience God’s blessings in whatever sense of community can be available, nevertheless. We are in such a time to claim God’s graces in even unusual ways.
See you on Sunday on-line or in-l