New Yard Signs, In-Person Worship Suspended, Risk Factors Changed, and more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 12, 2020 – Available in full online here.em>Haga clic aquí para ver el mensaje de esta semana en español de nuestro misionero latino, Luis Valencia.
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
By the time you get this (assuming we get our vacation packing done and get out of the house on time—always a risk with an almost four year old!) Bethany, Lucy, and I will be on our way north for a long week of vacation.
But church continues, of course, just in a different form. If there's one thing we've learned these past several months it is how to adapt! In fact, now you can even buy a lawn sign to mark your home off as a place of worship for SJE and show your support for our community. The 12×18 sign is $20, but you can select larger or smaller sizes as well. Click here to find out more and order one of your own.
Like many of you, the Coronavirus disrupted many of our plans this year for vacation and time away and Bethany and I are both ready for a break. I'll admit, I'm a little nervous about not being here on a Sunday to help run the streaming equipment, something Bethany and I have been doing since March, but it is time to pass those responsibilities off and I'm grateful we have an amazing Digital Evangelism Team to take on the job!
Since both of our priest associates are in a high-risk category for COVID 19, instead of live-streaming Holy Eucharist at both services, we will be live-streaming Morning Prayer from the church, first in English at 10am and then in Spanish at 12:45pm. I'm grateful to have lay people with the skill and training to lead and preach at those services. Nominee to the Sacred Order of Priests Alicia Hager will officiate and preach at the 10am liturgy and Latinx Missioner Luis Valencia will officiate and preach at the 12:45pm liturgy.
It's strange to be having Morning Prayer while I am on vacation. It reminds me that many parishes in the northern part of our diocese aren't blessed with a ready supply of semi-retired clergy to say mass when a priest takes vacation. We have been blessed at St. John's for years with the amazing gifts of Father Kenneth and having Father Daniel join our ranks has also been a gift. I'm sure it will be strange for them as well, knowing that normally they would be up there for me when I am gone.
As you look out on the next couple months of summer, I hope you find ways to block off some time for rest, recreation, and time with friends and family in a safe, responsible manner. It is easy in the midst of everything going on to just keep charging full stream ahead, but even God himself rested on the seventh day. We need to rest too.
I look forward to being back with you on Sunday, July 19. Since I will be on vacation until July 18, I've made the decision to maintain the closure of attendance at worship and the closure of the building at least until then. When I'm back in the office on Monday, July 20, I will look at county and regional risk factors and make a determination if we can reopen yet.
Have a great weekend, SJE. I'll say hi to the Mighty Mac for you as we drive over it later today.
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