Within minutes of open registration on Monday morning, our Easter gatherings were completely filled. This is not something that I rejoice over. Though heartened to see such a desire to gather on Easter, I am all the more disheartened that so many of us were not able to secure a place at one of our five services. Some went to great lengths to be here on Easter and were not able to get in. Even my family was not able to get into our preferred meeting time.
God willing, this will be the last time we have to register for an Easter service. If you were not able to register, we certainly hope you may still join us via the livestream; a few of us might enjoy listening to the audio of the service through the speakers in Rector’s Garden. I realize that neither of these compare to the real thing, as there is no substitute for God’s people gathered together around his word. Virtual church is virtually church. Even so, it is a medium provided that allows some connection with God’s people and our church family, to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Like you, I long to gather together as a family without restrictions. Until that day comes, let us continue to love one another, pray for one another, and seek the Lord while he may be found.
PS: If I might add, not a few of our staff have worked tirelessly to make these services happen. Understandably, many of us have been frustrated by the inability to get into the service of your choice, and they are just as frustrated that they cannot say yes to every request. Everyone on the staff wants everyone who wants to be here to be here. Please remember that these are your brothers and sisters in Christ. It would go a long way to encourage them in their ministry by offering them a kind word for their extraordinary effort during Covid-19.