Dear Members and Friends of First Congregational UCC May 25

Dear Members and Friends of First Congregational UCC May 25

Posted: June 1, 2020

  May 25, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of First Congregational UCC:

 

As promised, here is the letter I promised to send to confirm the definite date when we gather together for in-person worship and communicate new information to you before we do so.

So much has changed, yet so much remains the same since my last letter to you. We are still on track to gather together for our first in-person worship service on May 31, but, of course, with all the precautions I’ve already communicated to you. This new way of worshiping will be our new reality for the foreseeable future.

New recommendations for conducting worship continue to be produced, even as we are moving forward. They deal with a variety of topics, but I want to mention one of them that we have to incorporate in our worship. The experts are telling all churches that congregational singing can’t be a part of our worship service right now because droplets can remain suspended in the air for 2-3 hours and can be projected, especially when singing, farther than 6 feet even with the use of cloth masks.

Pauline and I discussed this recommendation and decided that because singing is such an important part of worship in any church, including ours, this would be a hard thing to do. So, we compromised and decided that we would sing one verse of a hymn at both the beginning and the end of the service. We feel that the size of our congregation may allow for us to do this BUT, and this is why I am including this information here: everyone still has to wear a mask even when singing. Just so you know, I am going to ask Peggy to play something between the sermon and the Joys and Concerns. Feel free to hum along if you know the song she plays.

You know, once we get into our new routine it won’t be as daunting as it seems now. And I won’t need to communicate so much information to you. But, even during this time of so much change and so much to absorb and pass on to make sure that you and I are safe, God still is in heaven, still loves us and calls us to continue to be and do the best we can right now. And the Holy Spirit (the Kokua for those of you who read my sermon from May 17th) continues to surround all of us with love to strengthen and guide us and help us to reach out to others even when we’d rather be a turtle and pull back into our shells. NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD, not even a virus, however dangerous and deadly it is. I hope that this fact has and will continue to give you courage as we face the present and the future together; it does me.

I hope to see you in church on May 31. “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome there” with a mask and 6 feet away!

 

Blessings,

Rev. Casey

 
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