March 05, 2020 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Last Wednesday at our Ash Wednesday service, we gathered as a community to recognize the frailty of our lives and the world, as ash-marked crosses were scrubbed on our foreheads. It’s one of my favorite services of the year as we enter that holy space of being reminded, “that from dust we came and to dust, we shall return.” But the message of Ash Wednesday doesn’t end there. We are reminded of the frailty of our lives and the world and we are also reminded of the promise that each day of our lives, we are held by God. That is one of the great paradoxes of life and faith.
Like many of you, I have been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus. My heart goes out to the people and families that have been infected and affected by the virus. They know all too well the frailty of life and the world. These families and all who are attending to their care remain in our prayers.
One of the great gifts of being a community of faith is the multiple ways we gather throughout the week. Given what we know today about the coronavirus, we are beginning to plan for how our gatherings may need to shift in the coming weeks to ensure we seek the physical and spiritual well-being of our community.
While there have been no confirmed cases in our community, we are going to begin making a few adjustments to our life as a community of faith. We are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
- Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms. You can participate in worship via live stream at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. on www.phpc.org/streaming, or listen to the 11 a.m. service on 101.1 WRR.
- We will update our communion practices to avoid intinction. Detailed instructions will be given at each service concerning communion.
- We have hand sanitizers at most entrances for your use. Additional healthy hygiene practices and information can be found at the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
We will continue to monitor the situation and will act following local health authorities' recommendations. We will communicate further changes as they arise.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue our Lenten journey together.
With great hope,