A Letter from the Rector - Friday, April 3, 2020
April 5, 2020, 9:13 AM

Hello Church:     

I hope you all are doing well, taking every precaution to keep yourselves and those around you safe.   It is not wise to come together as a community on Sundays, so our worship and other study days are by computer or phone.   It is hoped that we gather in our homes on Sundays to join with one another in the worship for the day at 10:00 a.m.   Following the service, some of us have shared conversation via the FreeConferenceCall service that Heidi has set up for our use.     

Over the past several weeks Heidi, Marina, Dureh and I have been working to move things around, looking for the best space to record and to practice the recording before the final product is prepared for you.   We moved our operation from the church to my office to provide the best environment for your viewing from the comfort of your homes.

Because of increased warnings and the rise in spread of the virus, we have decided to make another change.   From here on in, I will be flying solo so to speak.   Recordings will take place at my home, yours truly behind the screen and in front of the screen.   That is tricky and I am not sure about the quality of the outcome.   Nonetheless, you can be assured that I will work to bring you the best product of my amateur ability at recording a task that requires several persons.

My joy is in being able to provide you with worship services so that we might be connected as the Body of Christ during this time of physical separation.  We are not socially disconnected as there is every opportunity for us to stay in contact with one another as we choose.  

You could be sure that the content of the service will be no less than the kind to which you have become accustomed.   Please accept in advance my apologies for any mishap or irregularities that you might experience.    I pray that you will overlook the pesky details and look toward to your spiritual experience and receive it in the same spirit with which it is shared.    

Under normal circumstances, we live in a society that dwells heavily on the negative.    We are reminded of how sick we are, what medications we need to take accompanied by the long list of side effects more harmful than the disease.   We are told of illnesses we did not know  existed and on and on.  

Now, they are pushing ‘social’ distancing rather than physical distancing which is what we are asked to do.   Yes, we keep our physical distance and do all that we are asked to stay safe, but let’s continue to socialize.

Very soon you will receive the listing of foyer groups, call the folks in your groups, chat together, hold a hymn sing, sing your favorite show tunes, share movies, and recipes.  

You will receive links to participate in Evening Prayer every day of the Holy Week, plus the service for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. 

We will continue to do what we have to do, giving God thanks for the opportunity to do so, “Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Above all stay in touch, keep your eyes focused on God, pray unceasingly, bask in his loving embrace, share the love with others, and be safe.

Here is a stretching exercise for you using the Tai Chi stance:

            Breathe out darkness; Breathe in the light of Christ

            Breathe out worry and anxiety: Breathe in God’s love and forgiveness

            Breathe out fear and doubt; Breathe in hope and the goodness of God

            Breathe out loneliness; Breathe in God’s love and imagine his embrace.     

            Amen.

Blessings to you brothers and sisters.

                                                                        + The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill