While we are returning to worship on Sunday mornings on the church lawn, and delighted to do so, Good Sam is also gathering at 4PM in the church for the historic and beautiful service called Evensong. The sabbath day is brought to a close by prayer, affirmation of our faith, and glorious music to lead us to experience a restful, peaceful night.
Jonathan Hobbs gives an update about what we are thinking the next few months are going to look like for Children's Ministry, Club 56, and Youth Ministry.
Having got a few dates muddled up for Reading, Reflection and Prayer, I'm well aware of the confusion these days can bring. Is it Wednesday? Tuesday? Friday? Where are we? Where are we as individuals and where are we as a church? How are you doing? How is Good Sam doing? Should we open our doors next week? A week ago? In a month or so? Not until the threat has fully passed? Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we headed?
The Bishop has said that we will be able to enter 'Phase 3' at the beginning of August if the coronavirus number continue to go in the right direction. They haven't been looking so great for the last week and so there is a distinct possibility that he will push this back to the beginning of September instead. We will know at the end of next week - but either way we need to start planning for what it will look like when we come back in person. In phase 2 churches are only allowed 25 people at once, and the vestry does not want to restrict access to worship so is keen to wait until that restriction is lifted before we resume offering in person worship.
Bring a chair and join us outside on Sunday morning, or come in the afternoon to evensong presented by the quartet inside church.
Keeping a journal or diary has never held my attention for long. I begin them in earnest but before long they are put on the shelf until the next nudge and attempt.
Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
If you have not had a chance to visit the church over the last few months, you might enjoy taking some time outside on the Good Samaritan grounds to see what’s growing in the Community Garden this year.
For the next year or more, I’ll be able to begin my Rector’s Warden Report with the same point: we are living in unprecedented times.
The first half of 2020 was a crazy ride, as we all know. Beginning in March, we faced a completely unknown world that could have been scary. But we were reminded of biblical guidance such as Hebrews 11:1.
Church of the Good Samaritan put on our very first “Virtual” VBS the week of June 22-26! To our shock and amazement, we had over 130 kids sign up and the whole thing went amazingly well!
“There are many different kinds of grief,” said Marian, my elderly friend. It was 2005, and she was comforting me as I was trying to navigate the reality of a cancer diagnosis.