Masking our Faces, But Not Our Feelings
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Last Sunday, we made a request that you consider wearing masks during the service. This suggestion was made in love, born of a desire to afford protection to those who are most vulnerable in our church family. We have members who have had Covid-19. We have members who have or have had cancer and/or compromised immune systems. As Christ loves us, he calls upon us to love one another – read today’s Gospel (Mat 22:37-39).
Please look at this request through the lens of Love, Charity, and Hospitality.
We apologize for any misunderstandings we may have caused. This was never intended to be a mandate. I remind you of what we just read from Paul 2 weeks ago:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phl 4:4-7)
There will be no “Mask Police.” You may lower your mask temporarily during the service if that is what you need to do. We continue to wear our masks on entry, exit, and at communion. Clear face shields are certainly acceptable.
Above all, come to worship the Lord with love in your hearts, and be considerate of others as has been our custom. We are fortunate that our state allows us to meet at all – many do not. We are all in this together, but we do not all have the same vulnerabilities or feelings about this.
There are many uncertainties during this time - not knowing what or who to believe. The last thing that any of us would want would be to pass the virus within our church community.
We do look forward to spreading out our congregation to 3 Sunday Services on November 8th, which is when Fr. Thebeau and his family will begin their journey with us. We all look forward to when masks and social distancing are in our past. Until then, let us love one another as Christ loves us.
God’s blessings and peace,
Rev Richard Moseley