High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Living Through This Exhausting Time - July 23

Grace & Peace to everyone,


IMG 5020 photo: Susan Lukey  July 19, 2020


What a glorious summer of growing fields, flowers, birds & rainbows. Yet, the pandemic journey continues! It feels like such a disconnect – the world around us seems normal and yet this invisible virus has changed the way we do things. We are learning the new ways of entering stores and engaging with daily tasks – though it is exhausting to continually pay attention to what we have touched and how close we are to people. It is exhausting to constantly figure out if we are putting ourselves in harm’s way even as we do activities and errands that we used to do without even thinking. Each outing to get groceries or go to the pharmacy takes more planning and preparation than it did before. Some days we may wonder if it is worth it, but this virus can be passed on before one even knows they have it. It may be exhausting but if we work together, we can keep cases low, so that anyone needing extra medical care can get it until the day when we have better treatments and a vaccine. We hold in our hearts the encouragement of the words of Isaiah 40:31— Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.



As a way of living as a follower of Jesus, we ask that you wear a mask when you are shopping or in indoor public spaces, if it is possible for you. The mask I wear protects you; the mask you wear protects me. You need me to wear a mask to protect you; I need you to wear a mask to protect me. We need each other. Wearing a mask shows that we love our neighbour, just as Jesus commanded us to do.   It may feel uncomfortable or awkward at first, but God has made us human beings to be adaptable. We can learn to wear masks; we can learn to feel comfortable breathing and talking through a mask (unless there is an underlying medical condition). We do so because we believe in loving and caring for our neighbour.


The Church Council continues to discuss ways of gathering in person safely, following the Alberta Health guidelines. We don’t want you to feel afraid to come to church, so we are going slow and paying attention to what Dr. Hinshaw and other health officials are saying.   We know that people are longing to gather again. We understand. We also want you to have confidence that you are safe when we do gather again. Right now, any gathering would involve no singing, no visiting, no sharing of food/drink, wearing masks, hand-sanitizing and physical distancing.   We will figure it out. If you have questions or thoughts, please let us or the Council members know.


May you know God’s love enfolding you and God’s courage supporting you. This is not an easy time, but because we know God’s love and strength, we will get through this.


With love and blessings,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

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