|Dear New Song,
God is good! All the time!
Thank you to all who have sent in dispatches from the home front projects that you’re working on. So much creativity and beauty around and among us! I think the timing is a little different in Vegas, and the bloom has already arrived, but remember the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” We have been hoping that April isolation (physical distancing) would bring May incarnation (a return to in-person worship at New Song); unfortunately, we are not quite there yet.
This week the Grand Canyon Synod sent the following recommendation:
we —your Bishop and Synod Council Executive Committee—strongly recommend that no in-person gatherings be held by congregations or ministries in our synod through at least the end of May. Towards the end of next month, we will assess the situation and update this recommendation. It is very likely there will be continued restrictions on our ability to gather through much of the summer, if not into the fall.
Our congregation council meeting on Tuesday affirmed the recommendation to wait until at least June to return to in-person worship. Several factors were raised. We need to prepare our space for in-person worship. There are also liability issues to consider, and we want to be able to ensure a safe space for all people. We also decided not to restart the drive-in services as the summer weather has returned. As frustrated as so many of us are, let us continue to work on staying connected and pray for an energetic return in June.
On a lighter note, please join us for social hour on Thursdays at 5:00pm here:
I also invite you to our Tuesday Bible study. We are exploring a time in the history of the Old Testament when the Israelites returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for worship. The first thing they built? The altar! As we re-vision our building, how can we worship most effectively and safely together? How will we incorporate change and not suffer from “Used-to-itis” (We USED TO do it this way).
In any case, you have shown so much faithfulness throughout this journey in exile, and I continue to give thanks to God for each one of you and pray for your spiritual and physical health.