The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.
~ Proverbs 21:5

Dear Ones,

I know that many of you may be wondering, because of the news, when we might be able to come back to church in person. I want to let you know that the clergy and staff, in consultation with the Vestry, have been working on a plan to do just that. But it will take time.

As you know, I have sought the advice of an ad-hoc committee of parishioners who are doctors, nurses, scientists, public health professionals, and mental health professionals to guide me in making decisions for the good of Christ Church. That advice is ongoing.

When the time is right, when is safe to do so, we will be able to let people back into the church in small groups, subject to certain conditions. We will communicate those in a timely way. But you should expect that, as we prepare to re-open the church, it will be step-by-step, slowly, with the advice of medical and scientific professionals, and in accordance with governmental guidelines.

What I can tell you is that, speaking for the clergy and staff, we love you and we miss you terribly. We have been working overtime to bring you as much spiritual programming as we can online. It has been our goal to keep you all in touch with your faith and your church as much as possible during the time of our mutual lock-downs. That will continue as long as it takes, and beyond.

The Bible verse that I have selected for today comes from Book of Proverbs. The book is filled with ancient wisdom, most of which still pertains to our more modern world. Proverbs raises questions of morals, ethics, values, ideals, and on the other side, the costs for not doing the right thing.

These nuggets of wisdom can work in explicit ways, and in more figurative ways, like much of the Bible. With this verse, I am talking about wisdom in the figurative way. The verse says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.” And so, when it comes to re-opening the church, the verse is saying, “Let’s not be rash, careless, or hasty. Let’s be measured, deliberate, and smart. And all for the sake of the most vulnerable.” I want you all back at church tomorrow because I love you and I miss you. But that would hurt some among us. Let us be measured and smart, for their sakes.

Remember, saints, that since the start of this awful chapter in our lives, we here at Christ Church have been clear that our guiding question is, “What’s the most loving thing we could do?” That question guided us in making the decision to offer holy communion in bread alone. That question guided us as we suspended our in-person worship. It will guide us similarly as we move to re-open the church campus…

What is the most loving thing to do?

Before you know it, we will all be back. We will get there together, with God’s help.

Every blessing,

Fr. Tom