Greetings and God’s blessings to all of you.
I wanted to take some time to bring you up to speed on a few things and also to say thank you for all of your support. As I have continued to call and talk with you, I have been struck by the level of support people in our community of faith have received from friends, family and neighbours and also with how connected our faith community is. I have witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love from members of this congregation to so many in our community. It is inspiring. As many of you will know, we have been broadcasting worship services every week on Facebook Live. Those can also be viewed later on Facebook and on Grace’s webpage at www.gracedunnville.ca. I thank Roger Waldren for his commitment to keeping our webpage up do date. I am also offering a daily prayer on Facebook Live Monday through Friday at noon. You can see recorded versions of those prayers on our Facebook page after the fact.
To date, the people I have spoken with are managing well through this time of physical distancing. I hope that continues to be the case. But as this situation continues and we can’t say with any certainty how long it will last; I do wonder if there are things we as a community of faith can consider. Are there things our congregation can offer to the larger community of Dunnville to demonstrate our love and commitment to this wider community. I am well aware of many of the individual acts of generosity many have made. But do we have resources we can turn to the good of the
I welcome the suggestions and imagination of the wider congregation.
This Sunday was to be our Anniversary Sunday worship. It will be difficult to mark that date this Sunday with our online worship. The Finance Committee has begun to discern how best to recognize an Anniversary Sunday now or in the future. Please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and ideas. Also, I do want to continue to celebrate communion. Yes, normally we would hold communion on the first Sunday of the month. But we will be looking at next Sunday, May 10 for communion. This
allows me to let you know and to prepare. We will celebrate as we did on Easter. We will hold our regular worship, then adjourn for a few minutes. We will then open a second Facebook Live session for communion.
Through experience I have learned that there is a lag between what happens in “Cross Street studio” and the live feed. It seems to be a minute or so. In fact, it might be a bit longer than that before notification of a new Facebook Live feed goes out. So; I will open up the new feed and do some talking and waiting while people find their way back to our communion session; before really starting with the communion prayer. Once again; bring your own “bread and cup” for the communion elements. I offer my prayers and hope that all of you are finding joy and peace in this time of distancing and pandemic. May you continue to experience God’s blessings.
Rev. Warner Bloomfield