From the Pastor….

Apparently there has been a misunderstanding about the Church during the past ten weeks. This misunderstanding, that has reached as far as the highest office in the land, is that the churches of the United States have been closed since the appearance of the novel Coronavirus on our shores. Deeming the work of the Church to be essential, the President urged churches to open “right away, this weekend.”

Many religious leaders have addressed this confusion, but one of the typical responses came from the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson:

“The work of the church is essential.
The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.
The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.
The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.
The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.
The church does not need to ‘open’ because the church never ‘closed’. We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church.”

I trust that right now you are continuing to do your part in the work of the Church in the world. And we are all praying that one day soon it will be safe for us to re-enter our buildings. But for now, as one young minister I greatly admire put it, “We don’t go to church. We are the church.”