IN-PERSON WORSHIPPED SUSPENDED
Each of us is aware of the pandemic and its impact. Whether we have been personally affected by the virus or have walked with individuals and communities who are suffering in one way or another, few of us have been immune.
The virus has struck at one of the primary marks of the church: the gathered community. But, that is where it finds its fuel. So, out of an abundance of care and caution, the council has determined that is it necessary to suspend in-person, gathered worship.
This was not an easy decision to make. It was not made in haste. As you are aware, many modifications have been made to make gathered worship possible for as long as was prudent. But the rising numbers of cases and the stress on our healthcare providers, the exposures that members of our community have experienced, and the recommendation of Bishop Gafkjen have all factored into this decision. You may read Bishop Gafkjen’s letter HERE.
This does not mean that Cross and Crown will not worship. We will offer worship lead by Matthew Rhea, Deacon Marilyn, and a limited number of worship assistants which will include Holy Communion in the Home. These services will be live-streamed by Lisa Stocks and a technical assistant each Sunday at 10:30 am and will be recorded for viewing and worship later in the day. Currently, we are hoping to offer in-person services starting Palm Sunday.
This does not mean that Cross and Crown will not be church. Church is more than gathering face-to-face. It is even more than worship. It is those things, to be sure. But it is also the service that we provide to those in need and the witness that we give to the Gospel, perhaps most powerfully by our actions. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will open our hearts to new ways to serve and to trust that even our act of not gathering will bear witness to our solidarity and empathy with those who suffer directly from the rages of this virus. Even as we make this sacrifice, may it be a sacrifice that gives honor to the God who calls us to love others as ourselves.