Thoughts & Homilies from our Rector
Rev. Eric L. Miller
February 2021 Connections
I cannot believe how quickly January came and went. It feels like just yesterday we were all ringing in the New Year in our own COVID-safe ways. February is upon us, and with it comes Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and the start of Lent. More information will be shared regarding Ash Wednesday and Lent as it becomes available. At the time of writing, I have a meeting scheduled with our Worship Commission to discuss safe ways for us to offer Ash Wednesday liturgy.
My goal all along has been to get us back to in-person worship inside of our worship space as quickly as possible once it is safe enough. I am thrilled that the vaccination is beginning to go public and have heard from a few parishioners who plan on getting the vaccine as soon as it is available to them. As always, a few of the necessities to getting back to in-person worship will be having our Hamilton County COVID numbers reaching a certain level, following diocesan protocol, and folks’ ability to get the vaccine.
I want us back worshiping together in-person, and I want us to be safe when we do so. We have an incredibly sharp and committed Vestry for 2021, and I am excited to begin working with them. I am certain that one of our 2021 goals will be to get us back up and worshipping in-person again. I ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work together to do what’s right for our faith community and to continue putting God’s love into action in all the ways we are able outside of the church building.
Lastly, I offer my gratitude to our Vestry, our staff, and to all of our parishioners for making our January 24th Annual Meeting as fruitful as it could be given the circumstances. Folks seemed to be quite understanding and were equally engaged in our breakout room discussion. My heart was warmed getting to talk and listen with our small group about the topics of welcome and belonging. We missed out on sheet cake in the Parish Hall this year, but we were able to have healthy dialogue even without the food. Plus, the cleanup from this year’s Annual Meeting was a breeze!
In all seriousness, thank you for taking part in the life of our faith community. I cherish our ministries together, even during COVID times. Be well, and God bless you and yours!
In God’s Grace,
Eric L. Miller+