I hope you'll be able to join us tonight for Bible Study at 6:30. We have begun to work our way through the book of Ecclesiastes. We will continue in Chapter 1, verse 12. Please email me if you need the link.
I remember when St. Timothy's made the decision to suspend in-person worship services back in March. The thinking then was that we might have a couple weeks off to get everything sorted and in order, and then hopefully be back once we had this whole virus thing under control. It was lent, and we pictured ourselves as wandering through the wilderness on a journey that would quickly be over, hopefully by Easter. And then it was hopefully by Pentecost. And from where we're sitting now, the conversation has shifted. We've stopped trying to make guesses, and many of us are resigned to the fact that this could last for at least a year, if not more.
That's a sobering thought. Although our meetings have resumed, it will be a long while before all of us feel safe in gathering together again. And of course, we all question. Why? Why is this happening? What does it mean? What is our response in the face of this? How are we continue being the church? Where is God in all of this?
The purpose of this blog is to post updates about St. Timothy's in Cane Bay and also point out some of the work we're doing. The goal is to keep us all connected as we weather the Covid-19 storm.
I checked my personal email, and the first email I got about the Coronavirus was on February 28 from the National Arthritis Foundation. I don't know how I got added to their list. I don't have Arthritis, but I did do the Jingle Bell Run back in 2014. So I haven't heard from them in six years, but I did something with them one time, so now I get emails from them about coronavirus.
Since that day, I am pretty sure I've received an email about the coronavirus from every business I've ever even just looked at. All of them wanting to give me the latest updates and tell me what they were up to as the threat materialized.
As a Pastor, I've wanted to keep you all updated in the same way but I've been apprehensive about adding to the noise. Surely people needed to …
I grew up reading a lot of apocalyptic science fiction, so I feel like I’ve always been primed to think the worst is coming. The meteor is on its way, the containment protocols have failed in the lab, and the bombs are already falling! And the media stands ready to stoke these types of fears. We’re constantly being told to be afraid. Of the avian flu, the swine flu, SARS, the West Nile virus, Ebola, and a countless number of other things are precariously poised to end the world. I even remember talking to Jen about putting off having more children until the Zika virus was under control. I think for many of us, the most surprising part of the last four months has been that for once many of the predictions have come true. N.T. Wright opens his book by exploring the exact phenomenon.
So why is this happening, and more importantly, why is it happening now? Of course, as Wright points out, “In the old pagan world of Greece and Rome, the assumption [when disaster struck] was that you hadn’t…