It has been 16 months since we’ve been together in worship, and with recent news of reopening protocols we are at a crossroads moment which means we may be wondering when are we reopening? The wardens and I have been praying, consulting, and listening to the community regarding this and after bringing this to our Parish Council in June, have decided that we will return to in person worship services on September 5, 2021.
You may be wondering why September 5th and not now? Well there are a few reasons:
Dreams of reopening and returning to community have been in our minds as leadership since the fall of 2020. While we are in a very different situation today, than we were in the fall of 2020 , the wardens and I do not want to rush our return without more fully understanding what God is unveiling before us in this post pandemic world. We believe it's important to take intentional steps towards reopening that helps us transition well from isolation back into community.
So what can you expect when you return to worship in September?
We are at the intersection of life that is unveiling what God is doing before our eyes as a community of faith in this place, which is offering us a new life post pandemic through community. Over the last 16 months we have dreamed and wondered, prayed and phoned, asked and cried, for the time to come when we can return to our “fathers house in peace” just like Jacob did in the opening passage to our letter today. His return, his dream, was built on an understanding of God’s time in all things and the providence of His time to show us how we are to live in our world together. Jacob set up an intersection between heaven and earth and called it Bethel which means “house of God” as a shelter for his people and their dreams. For us, God has set up his house at this intersection between heaven and earth we call St. Anselm’s, planting within us the dream of coming home so that we can continue to build deeper relationships with our neighborhood and each other. And friends, we are coming home in God’s time which for us means September 5, 2021.
As we gradually come back into community at this intersection of heaven and earth we call St. Anselm’s, mark your calendars for a Festive Service of Thanksgiving on October 10, 2021 where we will honor those we have lost and give thanks for our safe deliverance from this pandemic.
May God bless you richly this summer as we continue to grow together in Christ at this intersection of Heaven and Earth we call St. Anselm’s.
these lands upon which we worship as the ancestral, cultural, traditional and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people from time immemorial.