We're early risers so yesterday we "went to church" in our family room just after 7:AM via the Youtube link from Trenton United Church. At the time we would have "normally" attended in-person worship we were taking advantage of a sunny, albeit frosty morning to get out for a cross-country ski. Trenton United went virtual just before Christmas. Leaders, including Rev. Isaac, have put a lot of time, discussion, and prayer into when to invite people into the sanctuary of the church building during different phases of the pandemic, always following provincial mandates and Public Health guidelines.
In the afternoon an email went out to the flock saying that we will resume in-person worship on Sunday, February 20th, two months after the last service where we physically gathered together, We will be there, God willing, with our "trinitarian" vaccinations. When we first came back together in the Fall of 2020 none of us were vaccinated but we masked up and took care.
Those of you who follow this blog will know that I've supported decisions to move to on-line worship but have been somewhat critical of an overabundance of caution on the part of some congregations. We need to be with with another in all the subtle ways in which we are the Body of Christ. It's not a matter of either/or and I imagine that the hybrid will continue in many congregations.
Beneath the Trenton UC email there was the weekly missive from Tish Harrison Warren, a New York Times writer who is an Anglican priest. The headline read: Going to church in person should not be optional and the crux of her argument is that even though she supported on-line worship as "loving your neighbour" two years ago it is time to return to embodied worship: