This Week's Reflection! 

Reflections for May 17, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Groves Memorial,
I realize the Governor of Virginia has given the go ahead to churches to re-open as of May 17, 2020 up to 50% of their sanctuary capacity. I believe it is way to early to resume in-person worship. The number of COVID cases in Virginia continues to rise and I fear a resurgence in the number of cases and deaths. We need to be patient and loving as we wait.
Several of my friends have questioned why we need to wear masks in public or why we must practice social distancing even in the church? Because medical science teaches us these are two ways to cut down on the transmission of the virus. The very last thing I want is for someone at Groves to contract the virus and the have a very difficult time to catch his or her breath.
I also realize all of you are missing seeing your brothers and sisters at church. But know this: when we do re-gather in worship, there can be no choir singing or congregational singing; we will need to wear masks and practice social distancing from one another. Those are guidelines of our Governor for all worshipping communities. Think of it this way. Here are visible, tangible ways to practice loving your neighbor. When I cough or sneeze, I don’t want to pass virus particles onto my dear friends at Groves. That is why there will be no hymn singing or passing the offering plates during the worship. It is just too dangerous to handle objects or even sing toward one another. Germs can live on surfaces and in the air and we don’t want to take a risk.
I know you all are disappointed to hear of all this sad doom and gloom but we living through a pandemic. You may think all this overblown or not applicable for our area and so on. But we as the church must be sensitive to the most vulnerable in our midst: the aged, the very young, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying medical conditions, etc. No strategy for the battle against COVID 19 will be absolutely fool proof. But we as the church must make the attempt to side with all those who are frightened, fearful or who are medically vulnerable.
With God’s grace we will get through this. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your patience. And thank you for your prayers. Keep on loving one another.