As we move toward Easter, we are also still dealing with the effects of COVID19. Even though we are weary of efforts to repress the spread of the virus, and the number of people being vaccinated is growing, still we are not yet free to live as we normally would desire. The saying goes patience is a virtue. I believe it is best to be patient, to continue enduring, and persevere in a cautious manner even yet. Bishop Satterlee of the Lutheran Church still is advising churches to suspend in person worship; however, there are those churches (even such as our own) that are currently coming together on Sundays. Our decision to have worship in these days is based largely on the fact that our numbers in attendance are not overwhelming and we have the space to spread out. In situations with large congregations or smaller sanctuaries this would not be possible, and the risks would be greater. Nonetheless, the tension created by the ongoing pandemic and whether to come together is still significant. Bishop Satterlee address some of these struggles in his most recent video message:
Because of the questions and concerns before us, we have decided to have alternative services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
On Maundy Thursday we will hold a drive-up Communion Service at the Lake City United Methodist Church from 5-6 PM.
On Good Friday we are offering people the opportunity to participate in a Prayer Vigil form 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM. You may sign up at the church for a ½ hour prayer time. Both churches will be open, or you may choose to prayer at home.
We will have Easter Morning Services at the regular time.
Blessings, Peace, and be of Good Health,