Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ,
Every day is different. In a month we have gone from leaders telling us that COVID-19 was not a big deal, to limiting gatherings to 200 or less, to 50 or less, and now to 10 or less. A month ago we didn't know the term "social distancing." A month ago, Denise and I were planning which parent would go to which soccer game and cycling event, and now all of that has changed.
Here at St. Martin's, as of now,
all regular services and meetings have been suspended. St. Martin's is working on developing web content for online worship opportunities. The new YouTube channel will soon be in place and Facebook Live is being used, which means
Caitlyn's ordination can carry on. The service will be live-streamed Thursday night at 6 p.m. (See
instructions below about how to access FacebookLive).
I encourage you all to watch and pray with her. Please know the staff of St. Martin's is working diligently to create worship opportunities, meditations, and formation experiences that can be done from your own home. We will continue to be "church"... but for now, "church" needs to be reimagined.
The church surely feels like it is in the midst of a storm right now. I can see myself wanting to panic and be like one of the disciples who hurriedly woke up Jesus and exclaimed, "Don't you care that we are perishing?" and I can see Jesus calmly waking up and rebuking the sea.
The crazy thing in this story, though, is that the Gospel says the storm ended and there was a "dead calm." As Chuck Meehan or any sailor will tell you, sailboats don't move in dead calms. During the next few weeks, St. Martin's will be trimming its sails. We may even change our course, perhaps more than once, but we will keep moving, with calm hearts.