Health Update – Worship & Meetings

Updated March 30, 2020 – Please read the following communication from our rector, the Rev. Milton Black regarding our current health situation and what that means for our church community.

March 30, 2020

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

On March 16th Good Shepherd suspended all in-person worship services and meetings on our campus with the hope that we could resume in time for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Unfortunately, that is not going to be possible under the current orders from our Bishop, our President, our Governor, and our Mayor.

On March 27th Bishop Reed extended the current suspension of all in-person worship and meetings in our churches through Thursday, April 30th.  If the circumstances improve before then, he would be pleased to lift the restrictions earlier. This will postpone our Confirmation date of April 26th.  I will let you know more when we know more.

It is difficult to contemplate not being together to celebrate our most holy days of the Christian year, but I have found that it is in times like these that Christ is even more present than ever. I encourage you to listen to my sermon message online from last Sunday’s service.

Our worship is not canceled; we are just worshipping in a different way.  We will continue to record all of our worship services and have them emailed to you directly, as well as posting them to our website at cotgs.org.  During Holy Week, we will have the Stations of the Cross available for your daily devotions; as well as, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.  For Easter Sunday, we will feature a video of last year’s Easter service, with the flowering of the cross and our familiar music with brass timpani.  It will be a wonderful reminder of who we are, and what we share together in Christ.

I want to remind you that your church staff and clergy are meeting regularly, and working creatively, to support our community during this challenging time.  We are all available to each of you by either email, text, or phone.  The phones are being monitored daily at the church office, and we are making check-in calls to our parishioners.  This is also an opportunity for us all to check-in with one another and keep each other in prayer.  Please let us know your pastoral needs as they arise.

I want to encourage you all to take one day at a time and to lean into your faith in Christ and look for opportunities to be grateful. Perhaps, this will be a spiritually productive time for all of us as we take stock of the things that really matter, our relationships with our families, with one another, and with Jesus. 

Be safe, stay well, and keep the faith!

Yours in Christ,

Milton+