Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace and Many Blessings to each of you…

The first thing I wish to share this afternoon is how happy I was to see the hundred plus folks who joined us on Saturday eve and Sunday morning for worship. You were all pretty wonderful in responding to the situation we found ourselves in, e.g. keeping a “holy distance” as well as appropriate space between one another and being in a gathering of less than 50 persons. This week we will find ourselves in a more drastic position. Please let me share with you some words from Bishop Wright.

“Allow me to say how proud I am of the Diocese of Atlanta!

So many of you are bringing imagination, compassion and good cheer to this pandemic. I was heartened to see the variety of online worship and prayer opportunities that are already being offered across our Diocese. Still, after much consultation and prayer, and in light of the most recent update from the CDC, I have decided to direct every congregation to move all worship and meetings to take place ONLINE, effective immediately and until further notice…

In all of this, I encourage you to be on high alert for the Spirit’s blessings in this disruption! The church cannot be cancelled, the church can only adapt.”

And so, adapt we will. As of today we have cancelled all meetings held on the church’s campus. This comes with a heavy heart, but please know effective immediately we are also cancelling public worship. We will live stream our liturgy at 10:30 am on Sunday morning in English and at 12:30 pm in Spanish. Details will follow shortly. During the week (Monday thru Friday) the church will be open for any individual or perhaps a family to make a visit to spend time in prayer and to truly stay connected to your parish church. Even if everyone is not here at the same time – the power of our spiritual memory will keep everyone in mind and heart as we pray and reflect. If you come, please remember to keep a prudent distance from one another and avoid any physical contact. If you are making a visit and express a desire to receive the Eucharist we (one of the clergy) will do our best to accommodate you. I am not convinced that we cannot or should not try to meet the spiritual needs of all our people. It might well undergird a sense of normalcy – maybe in a not so normal way. This Lenten season is proving to be a season of Fasting from many things we would never have thought to fast from. I’m not convinced as I said Sunday that we must fast completely – from the Eucharist. It is the spiritual food that will sustain us on this part of our journey.

The justification for all of these decisions and perhaps others to come, is a deep concern for the well-being of the faithful and the wider community, especially those most at risk of serious illness or even death.

Until next time – faithfully,

Robert  +