In theLadies Home Journalof 1917 (yes, before we were born!), Teddy Roosevelt offered 10 reasons for going to church. Number 4: “Yes, I know all the excuses. I know that one can worship the Creator and dedicate oneself to good living in a grove of trees, or by a running brook, or in one's own house, just as well as in church. But I also know as a matter of cold fact the average man does not thus worship or thus dedicate himself. If he stays away from church he does not spend his time in good works or in lofty meditation. He looks over the colored supplement of the newspaper.
I would say Roosevelt was being quite realistic. Most of us need to be part of a community. Whether we join exercise or weight reduction classes or AA groups or sports leagues or ... we function better involved with others. Our personal Christian experience is individual, but our need to worship and serve is community based. Look forward to seeing you in church for as long as it is possible. The Delta variant of Covid-19 may force us back to online worship. Until then, we gather on Sundays. We ask you to wear a mask when singing. Certainly, proper to consider wearing a mask throughout the service.Thank youfor your gifts of time, talent, and offering.