Dear <<First Name>>,
Every conversation I have these days seems to end with a mutual shrug. "We just don't know, do we?" What will happen with schools, offices, winter? Will the number of COVID-19 cases increase, decrease, or stay the same?
Everything is uncertain, and it feels impossible to make plans beyond a very short time horizon. And even those plans can change in an instant!
Most of us aren't used to living this way. We book up our lives well in advance, so we can anticipate the good things and prepare for the difficult ones. Living with uncertainty is stressful.
Thankfully, our faith has a lot of perspective and help to offer, as we are not the first of God's children to live in uncertain times. Throughout September, we've given our worship series the cheeky title "To Be Decided," because that best captures the spirit of the mutual shrug we are all sharing.
Even so, we do have some plans. We hold them lightly, knowing all can change, but this Sunday we will regather for worship in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. We will follow strict guidelines for social distancing. While pre-booking is required, there is currently plenty of room, and booking will remain open as long as space is available, including on Sunday morning. Those of you remaining at home can still catch us on YouTube starting at 11:00 Sundays as well.
In addition, Bible study, children's Sunday School and youth group are all re-launching, in ways that will be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances. Details are below.
Life remains uncertain, but God is not. May we lean into God's abiding presence and peace as we navigate each week together.