COVID-19 Update

March 28, 2021

AMENDED March 31, 2021

(中英文通訊--中文版在下半頁)

 

Dear St. Matthias and St. Luke Family,

            I pray you are well. Lent is a season of growth, hope and anticipation, of seeing the darkness fade and the light begin to rise in the dawn. It is a season where the death of winter succumbs to the new life of spring. This is a season where we recognize our sin and look forward to the resurrection of our bodies and life everlasting with our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

 

            We see the shoots of this Lenten hope all around us: longer days, lighter evenings, spring flowers, sunnier skies. But this season we also see it in our pandemic reality: increased vaccinations for the population, decreased restrictions, and the hope that we may soon return to normalcy and indeed to worshipping together as one body.

 

            Easter Sunday is just around the corner, and for months we have had no idea how we will be able to safely celebrate. Last week the BC government produced new guidelines for religious gatherings for outdoor worship and this week has restricted any indoor services for at least three weeks. Our church leadership has carefully considered these guidelines, and the following plans have been made for Holy Week and Easter.

 

            Online services will continue to be produced every Sunday, and a Good Friday online service will also be available for viewing.

 

            On Easter Sunday we will host several very small, short in-person Holy Communion services outside on the church's covered patio so that as many parishioners who would like can participate and receive Holy Communion on Easter Sunday. There is an online sign-up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449aba928a7f49-easter for households to register to come at a designated time to our new church to receive private, individual Communion outside. The service will last approximately 10 minutes with no more than eight persons present. After receiving Communion congregants will be allowed to enter the new sanctuary to privately pray (as this is currently allowed by the province) and then leave quietly. The time slots will be every 20 minutes between 10am and 2pm on Easter Sunday, April 4. 

 

            In accord with the Provincial Gatherings and Events Order, we caution people considered higher risk of suffering from serious complications of COVID-19 from attending these in-person gatherings. Higher risk individuals include persons 70 years of age or older, or a person with an underlying medical condition or a compromised immune system. Additionally, if you are unable to stand for the short service or to be exposed to potentially cold and wet weather, then perhaps consider not attending.

 

            This arrangement is temporary and certainly not ideal, but it will allow all parishioners who would like to participate in an in-person Holy Communion on Easter Sunday to do so. We will tentatively plan to offer this service again on April 18 with another online sign-up.

 

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, and Shine His Face Upon you this Holy Week and Easter Season.

 

In Christ,

 

Rev. Chris Ley

 

 

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復 活 節 聖 餐 崇 拜

 

親愛的聖路加聖馬提亞大家庭:

 

我祈願你們一切安好。大齋節是一個生長、充滿希望和期盼、黑暗逐漸消失,黎明始露曙光的季節。這亦是一個冬天的死亡屈服於春天的新生命的季節,更是一個承認自己的罪過,期待與我們的復活主耶穌基督一同復活、一同永生的季節。

 

我們在周邊可以看到大齋節的希望到處萌生:更長的日子、更溫和的夜晚、春天的花朵、晴朗的天空。但在這個季節中,我們亦可以從疫情的現實中意識到這線希望:疫苗的接種逐漸在人口中展開、限聚逐漸放緩,並盼望很快能恢復正常,甚至可以一起實體崇拜。

 

復活節即將來臨。在過去幾個月來我們一直不知道應怎樣安全地慶祝。上週,卑詩省政府宣佈戶外和戶內宗教聚會的新指引。我們的教會領袖仔細考慮了這些規則,作出了以下聖週和復活節的崇拜計劃。

 

我們繼續為每主日製作網上主日崇拜。我們也為受難節製作了網上崇拜,供大家參加觀看。

 

在主復活日,我們將主持一連串十分小型、簡短的實體聖餐崇拜,以便許多希望接受聖餐的教友能夠在主復活日到來接受聖餐。這個網上登記表https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449aba928a7f49-easter可供家庭報名登記,個別在指定的時段到來我們的新聖殿接受私人、個別的聖餐。該崇拜約十分鐘長,出席人數不得超過八人。接受聖餐後,受聖餐者必須馬上離開教堂,以便在下一個家庭到達之前進行清潔。聖餐時段是在主復活日(四月四日)星期日上午十時至下午二時之間,每二十分鐘一時段。

 

根據省聚會和活動令,我們告誡那上認為有可能會患上新冠肺炎嚴重並發症的高風險人士,避免參加此類實體聚會。較高風險的人士包括七十歲或以上的人,或患有潛在疾病或免疫系統受損的人。

 

這個安排是暫時的,當然亦不是理想的安排,但這安排可容讓希望在復活節接受聖餐的教友能夠參加。我們亦暫定計劃在四月十八日通過線註報名登記,再次提供同樣的聖餐崇拜。

 

願主賜福給你,保護你。願主使祂的臉在這聖週和復活季節光照你。

 

 

主內,

 

Chris Ley牧師

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