July 25, 2020
I KNOW YOU ARE TIRED, BUT………
You must keep going. You must remain vigilant. You must keep yourself and those around you safe. And, by now, you know what you have to do—keep 6 feet apart, wash your hands with hot, soapy water (frequently!), stay home if you are unwell, wear a mask in public places, use hand sanitizers. These are the basic things we must do to ultimately stop the spread of the virus.
But, as most of you are aware by now, the number of infections in Alberta is trending upward, alarmingly upward, and so each of us must “double down” and do what we can to make our city and our world safer. The Calgary City Council is in the process of mandating the use of face masks in all public places to help curb the spread. In accordance with that bylaw, I am encouraging all of us to wear masks as much as possible.
Some are adamantly opposed to wearing masks, and some have a legitimate concern based on medical or emotional issues, however, most of us are comfortably able to wear masks and I hope that you will. I expect my surgeon to wear a mask. I expect a bank robber to wear a mask. I expect the Lone Ranger to wear a mask. I hope that you will as well.
As our summer season moves along, many are starting to look to the fall and wondering what will happen as the autumn season unfolds. We have just heard that all schools will be re-opened and that restrictions are being lifted on most businesses across the province. In light of this, many of you may be wondering about the re-opening of our church.
It is the intention of the Board to convene a meeting in mid-August to discuss this very issue and to make a decision at that time, based on what is occurring in the city and the province at that moment in time. We will study the science and adhere to the best recommendations of our public health officials. Our first priority is keeping everyone safe and we will err on the side of caution in this matter.
In the meantime, please continue to hold our church, our city and, indeed, the whole world in your prayers. If you are able to access YouTube or our Facebook page, you will find us there, every Sunday, offering comforting and, we hope, inspiring words. In the Book of Romans, Paul said this, For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God.
Remember that as you seek to keep yourself and others safe. God loves us and God is walking with us through this pandemic.