There are a few pieces of information I want to be sure to share with you this week. Members of the official board have likely contacted you to confirm that Grace United Church, at least the building is closed for the time being. We will let you know when we will be able to return to gathering in one place. For now, we will follow the guidelines put in place by the federal and provincial governments.

               That means, among other things, that we will not be gathering for church of course. I am also now working from home. Doing my absolute best to honour the shelter in home request/rule, I will not be ringing the church bell at noon for the foreseeable future. That decision saddens me, but after conversations with colleagues and heeding statements from the regional and general council office, it is crucial that we as a faith community model safe practices for the community.

               There will also be some changes to this week’s and likely the coming week’s streamed worship service on Sunday. Gail and I will not be able to meet in one place. We will start with a Facebook Live stream of prayer, scripture and reflection. Following that, please stick around as we will have another Facebook Live stream of Gail playing a few hymns for us to sing along to. Those will be Spirit of Life (VU 381) and Spirit Open My Heart from More Voices. If you can find lyrics through copies of hymn books or on line that would be helpful. We need to be careful of how we share these lyrics on line due to copyright concerns. We will close out our time of worship with Go Now In Peace.

               We continue to work on ways to stay in contact, to pray and worship together as well. Let us continue to find ways to be the community God desires of us. One of love and mercy and compassion. It may seem contradictory, but keeping physical distance at this time is the merciful and life-giving action needed at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need to talk or are seeking assistance. My cell number if 289-377-8931.

Blessings to you all

Rev. Warner Bloomfield