After discussion with our Church Council (a Zoom meeting last evening), a decision was made for St. Andrew's to continue to suspend in-person worship and scheduled events through the month of April. Top health officials and civic leaders in the state of Pennsylvania have indicated that April is likely to see a continued increase in the numbers of those affected by COVID19 throughout the commonwealth. The most important thing we can do to slow the spread of this disease and thereby give those affected the best chance of receiving excellent medical care is to avoid gathering in groups. Clearly, this was not a decision that was made happily as there is no single week more important to the St. Andrew's community and Christians around the world than Holy Week and worship that leads to our Easter celebration. Nevertheless, in making this decision, St. Andrew's continues to follow Jesus' command to love our neighbors as ourselves by doing what we can to isolate the spread of the virus.
Continue to follow us through regular emails, Facebook posts, and our church website. We hope to create additional opportunities for groups to interact through social media as well. During Holy Week, keep your eyes open for posted devotional resources as well as digital worship from St. Andrew's sanctuary on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
Easter will still be Easter and we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ. As we proclaim a Lord who overcame death and the grave, we can also confidently proclaim a Lord who is with us and goes ahead of us in our current struggles, a Lord who is our constant source of new hope and new life. Together, in faith, by God's grace, we will guide each other through these days. And when we are able to worship again in person together, what a celebration that will be! Until that time, trust God, take care of yourself, and love your neighbor.
Holy God, we pray for those who have been infected by the COVID19 virus that they may know your healing power. Empower doctors, nurses, and all healthcare workers with courage, energy, wisdom, and strength. Guide our leaders that they may make wise and faithful decisions to protect and sustain life. Show us signs that you are with us with healing and hope and love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.