June 17th Newsletter
Grace and peace be with you this week. For two weeks now, DaySpring has ventured into previously uncharted waters (for us at least) of hosting Sunday morning worship outdoors and live-streaming on line. I was present on June 7, in person as we began this season of our life and worshipped online this past Sunday June 14, from Pelican Lake, Minnesota, where the live stream came in clear and in living color. Kudos to everyone who has made this possible!
We began this season of worship in our Pandemic Worship Phase 1. You’ve seen the guidelines for in person worship during this season and they remain posted on the website. I’ve been so pleased with the easy way you’ve embraced these guidelines. You’ve adapted with generosity. For that, we’re all grateful. That’s the good news. As we move into June, this week’s Waco Covid numbers (www.covidwaco.com) show a marked increase in positive test results from the previous week and especially from our consistently low numbers from April-May. Signs suggest we are in an upswing, and that’s not good news.
As it concerns DaySpring’s in-person worship, our Phase 1 guidelines were set with a situation like this in mind. We believe we are well prepared to continue to invite you to meet together outdoors under Phase 1 guidelines. Of course, our ability to continue doing so depends totally on each of us completely embracing the guidelines: masks before and after worship, social distancing, and washing hands, especially. We cannot let down our guard, as much as we want to hug and shake hands and sit closer to one another. You’re doing great so far. We want to encourage you to keep it up.
As it concerns our life and witness in the community, I encourage each of us to be even more vigilant in our public interactions: especially at stores, restaurants, and in the workplace. I confess that I’ve been inconsistent with wearing a mask everywhere I’ve gone. I started taking for grated that we’re ok in Waco. A lot of people did. I don’t think we can do that right now. I will do better and ask all of us to do the same. Hopefully, the rise in Covid cases this past week is just a warning and not the beginning of a new virus spread in Waco. Let us pray for this and especially for all who suffer from this illness. Please, friends, be safe, and let us love our neighbors by our careful attention to these matters.
I do hope to see you Sunday for worship, either in person or on line at 9, and perhaps on the 11:30 Pulpit to Porch Zoom gathering. God’s peace to you,
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