FR. DAVID’S BLOG OF 5/1/2020 — Two months ago, who would have thought we would still be under orders to stay at home to ensure that we are safe and healthy? And yet here we are at the beginning of May still at home.
This time of isolation from one another has brought with it new ways to be community. Zoom calls have replaced in-person meetings. Sunday services are pre-recorded during the week so that participants can be intentional about social distancing. Morning Prayer is live streamed on Facebook every day. Evening Prayer may well be on Zoom in the coming weeks. I have been meeting with our youth and adult conformation classes via zoom and this will continue into the foreseeable future. We are learning how to interact with one another from a distance. In the photo above, we see Tina Betz singing solo with Music Director David Christopher accompanying her on piano during a Sunday service video.
So, what new learnings might we find as a result of this difficult and stressful time?
I know that I have made plenty of mistakes the last couple of months as I try to sail these new waters. Each day there are emotional highs and lows. It is hard to find balance or develop a pattern of life that is consistent. At times stability is fleeting and then there are moments of grace when I pick up the phone and hear your voices and know that you are OK.
May is usually the month when our program year begins to wind down prior to the onset of summer. We have had to do things differently for the last couple of months. Because these are such interesting times, I would like for you to join me for a series of zoom meetings that I am calling Finding Wisdom in the Time of Pandemic. Please click here to learn more about these sessions that will begin on Thursday, May 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 11.
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765