It has now been over a month since we've been together for worship--but I'm proud to say that our congregations have shown that the church is not the building where we worship. The building simply help us congregate easily. But instead the church is the people and the relationships that have been created and continue to be formed day in and day out. Our congregations have continued to help protect people, feed people, and share the word with others. We are keeping tabs on one another each week, even if it's through a phone call or card rather than in person in the church building.
As you've probably heard by now, our current way of being the church by physically distancing ourselves will remain until further notice. In the words of Gov. Walz, our response to this pandemic will need to be handled as a marathon and not a sprint like we initially thought. We could have never imagined that when we decided to cancel our first couple of Sundays of worship that we would be continuing that process for the next couple of months. But as I've said since the beginning, we're making these choices out of love for our neighbor and safety of all those in our sphere of influence.
Gov. Walz had an easy to understand graphic he premiered during his last press conference that I've included in the newsletter so you can see just how far our government feels we are away from groups of people being able to gather in places of worship in a safe way. It will be an exciting day when we are able to contact our membership again and let them know the date we will be having worship again in person. But until then, we will continue to be church distant from one another.
I do however, want to try and keep up a spring blessing tradition, but do it in a socially distant way. We were planning to hold Rogation Sunday on May 24th, but instead, I would like to celebrate the traditional Rogation Days on May 18-20th. If you would like your farm, equipment, garden, etc. blessed for the planting season, please give me a call or email and I will set up a schedule to tour around Maple Ridge Township during those three days in May and bless whatever is appropriate for your particular land/property.
I look forward to the opportunity to share in blessing your properties and equipment during those Rogation Days. I do hope you take me up on the opportunity and allow me to stop by and see you--even if it's from a distance! I've been missing you all and this will be a great way to connect once again.
Please continue to let me know of any pastoral care concerns, the need for someone to run errands for you, the need for food assistance, etc. as the weeks progress. We're all in this together and we must reach out for help when we need it!