Worship at Calvary


There have been a number of meetings late in the week with Bishop Logue via Zoom concerning the precipitous rise in Covid-19 cases, the appearance of new strains of the infection, and the over-stressed medical care facilities.  Deacon Geri learned from Ms. Lunneborg, administrator at Phoebe Sumter, that all hospitals in the region are at capacity for Covid care.  I learned this morning that a friend of a parishioner is being transported to South Carolina for hospital care!  Hospitals are at capacity, people having to stay indefinitely in ERs and in hallways.

The Bishop will be issuing more restrictive guidelines early next week.  With the level of infection in Sumter County, we will be in the category in which in-person worship will be suspended.  Beginning next Sunday, January 17, worship will NOT be offered at Calvary for the time being.  This Sunday, January 10, worship is not officially suspended but I am urging everyone to stay home.  Since this is short notice, I will be at the parish at 10am and offer the Holy Eucharist should anyone come.

There are four primary reasons to suspend worship: 1) new Covid-19 infections are at the highest rate nationwide since the pandemic began; 2) Medical facilities are at maximum capacity; 3) we will act in solidarity and support of frontline medical personnel in doing whatever is necessary to end the pandemic; 4) we will set a good, responsible example for our parishioners and the community of appropriate behavior during the pandemic and to end the pandemic.

Again, I urge you to stay home this Sunday, January 10.  From January 17, worship is suspended at Calvary.  If you know of someone who is not internet friendly or who otherwise might miss this information, please be in contact with them.

We can be justly proud of the measures we have taken at Calvary.  No cases can be tracked to contact with anyone attending a service at our parish.  Yet with the number of new cases we must act with even more vigilance.  It pains me to suspend worship, but it is the right thing to do in the circumstances.

Be safe: stay home except for absolutely necessary errands; wear your mask properly when out of your home; wash hands thoroughly and often; when available, receive the vaccine at your earliest convenience.

You are all in my prayers.

Fr Richard

We strive to put Christ’s love into action through inclusive and engaged worship, study and service.

“In all things, we seek to be loving, liberating and life-giving—just like the God who formed all things in love; liberates us all from prisons of mind, body and spirit; and gives life so we can participate in the resurrection and healing of God’s world.” (www.episcopalchurch.org)  Calvary Episcopal Church is part of the Diocese of Georgia and the Episcopal Church USA.

Sunday – 9:00am Calvary in Community on WISK 98.7FM
Sunday – 10:00am  In-person Worship (Due to COVID reservations are required.)
Wednesday – Noon – Facebook live-stream (Weekly Meditation)
Daily – 8:30pm Facebook live-stream (Compline)

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