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Beloved in Christ,

I want to start today’s email by thanking you all for the positive attitude, flexibility, and overwhelming love that each of you has shown each other, the church, and me in this season of confusion. I know that none of us wanted to live through a time such as these, but it is good to be together and worship our Lord in the beauty of Holiness.


Last night I met with the vestry and was struck and refreshed by the level of love which we shared. We met because several of us are concerned with the trajectory of the COVID-19 numbers in our county and city. It is our hope and prayer that nothing else will interrupt our ability to be together. My policy has typically been to take the most careful route possible out of care for our community. With that in mind, we intend to take a couple of new preventative measures to help keep our church healthy.


Starting this coming week:

  • We will continue with the 8 am, and 10 am services. At 8 am, we will continue to require masks. At 10 am, I want to strongly encourage everyone to wear masks.
  • We will strive to keep the services under an hour.
  • We are going to try having the windows open and the AC on. This should help move the air through the church. With that in mind, it may be warmer than usual. You may wish to dress accordingly, and if you’re prone to being cold (it may also end up being colder, though I suspect it’ll be warmer), bring a sweater just in case.
  • If anyone is available to help clean after the 8 am and 10 am services, we will appreciate the assistance.
  • I want to remind everyone, if you’re feeling unwell, or have felt ill in the last 48 hours, please stay home.
  • If you are still uncomfortable in church, feeling unwell or feeling nervous again, we will broadcast the service here:https://www.allsaintsprescott.org/church-online
  • If you would like a pastoral visit, please let me know.
 

Next, due to the construction in the parish hall and the rising heat, we are not going to have coffee hour for the next two weeks (at least) and our onsite brunch is canceled for this coming weekend. Thank you so much for understanding. Ann also has construction at her house, and while she had hoped to be able to host a 4th of July party will be unable to do so this year. She extends her apologies and hopes to hold a party of some sort in the fall.


I have always liked the first opening verse for Morning and Evening Prayer, “The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth keep silence before him.” This sentence starts in the middle of the book of Habakkuk the Prophet. Habakkuk cries out to God, wondering how people as wicked as the Assyrians could ever be used in judgment against God’s people. As he goes through the horror of all this and then the spirit must have triggered Habakkuk’s mind as he thinks, “BUT, the Lord is in His Holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before Him.”


If the last few months have taught us anything, we know that the world can change drastically in just a few hours or days. Please, remember this incredible and peace bringing truth that the Lord is still good, still sovereign, no matter what tomorrow holds. Let us persevere in worshipping and serving the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.


Your friend and brother in Christ,


Fr. Ian

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