A MESSAGE FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF ALL SAINTS:
Last Friday the Dioceses of Western and Eastern Michigan released new guidelines for congregations who are considering the possibility of reopening their physical spaces for worship. Our vestry met to prayerfully consider our options for worship at All Saints. A letter was written to the parish concerning this matter and the unanimous decision reached by the vestry. You can read that letter here. Fr. Jay also created a short video. You can access the video here.
In brief, the vestry, along with Fr. Jay, decided, for the sake especially of ensuring the bodily safety of those most vulnerable among us, to remain cautious about reopening our building for worship. To that end, for at least the month of July, we will provide opportunities to worship online only. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether a change in that practice is warranted in August.
We all long to return to the church building and to pray together, especially to celebrate Eucharist together once again. At the same time, and precisely because we are a community shaped by Eucharistic love and compassion, we must attend carefully to the well being of our neighbors. Until we can feel more confident in doing so, we must wait a bit longer before returning to that shared table of our life together in Christ.
We look forward to resuming normal worship and activities hopefully very soon. In the meantime, you can view our Sunday messages by going to the Worship page or on our YouTube channel.
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen. (St. Alphonsus de Liguori, 1696-1787)