Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 19, 2021, 10:00 am

Masks on at church.  ๐Ÿ˜• No congregational singing. ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜• The windows will stay open. ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅถ

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Guest Preacher The Rev. Tim Boggs
Offertory Anthem by the St. Francis by the Sea Choir
The Full September 19, 2021 Service celebrated by Fr. Brent Was with guest preacher Fr. Tim Boggs

Covid Changes! We Make Changes!

From The Rev. Dr. Brent Was, Rector:

Hancock County remains in the “High” transmission category. (You can keep track at Gov. Mills’ COVID page:

  • We will not sing hymns or service music for now. (The Choir will sing, masked). 
  • We’ll keep every other pew in the side pews closed off and we’ll add some roped off pews the back of the center section.
  • We’re keeping the windows all the way open.

On windows…  good ventilation is critical to our ability to stay open for in-person worship.  The vestry and I have decided that we are going to keep the windows wide open until the COVID situation improves significantly.
We are very aware that the seasons are changing, and it has already been chilly on a couple of morning.  Please do not close any windows on Sunday morning.  And PLEASE dress appropriately.  Feel free to bring a lap blanket, or some hot bricks like our colonial ancestors brought to church.  If you feel that it is too cold, it might be time for you to return to Zoom for worship.  
Weโ€™ll keep on with in-person worship until either the situation improves and we can close the windows, or until Bob and I canโ€™t stand it anymore, at which time weโ€™ll move to Zoom only. God willing it won’t come to that, but wanted to let you our plans.
Iโ€™m really sorry that we still are having to deal with this.  I so appreciate your patience and fortitude.
So, if you have a compromised immune system or have any other extra risk factors for COVID, or if you are simply unsure or nervous about what to do right now, err on the side of conservatism and join us on Zoom. (Windy and the girls are staying home because Lucille is 4 weeks too young for a vaccine). Anxiety about personal safety doesn’t help in your journey towards God in Christ. Being wise, however, and making the sacrifices we are being called to make do bring us closer to the Divine does.
Thanks for mindfully discerning what is right for you in this moment.
In Christ,

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