The Dean’s Corner: Youth Lead Our Worship & What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

The Dean’s Corner
Youth Lead Our Worship &
What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

The Very Rev. Bernard J OwensThis week we celebrate the youth of Trinity Cathedral! Though we are not in the cathedral to mark the end of the program year with Youth Sunday, we will welcome teenagers to assist with readings, music and other elements of the service. We all also welcome seven youth to the process of confirmation. I hope you’ll join us on Sunday so that you can bring the confirmation of these seven wonderful youth into your prayers.

This would, of course, be the time when we move from our usual 3-service Sundays to our summer schedule of an 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. service.  Since then, we have shifted to a 10:00 a.m. video service many weeks ago and we began worshipping from home.  Will we see any changes in liturgical schedule or practice in the near future?  The short answer is no:  we cannot make any changes without appropriate clearance from state officials or Bishop Hollingsworth. But more to the point, we do not wish to make any changes until we have a clearer sense of how to do so safely.

We are beginning to explore what safe reopening could look like, with the help of vestry, staff, and liturgical ministers. One thing is clear: we will need to continue to offer a livestream or YouTube option for the foreseeable future. The reality of COVID-19 is that many members of our community are considered high-risk, and many who aren’t express concern about unnecessary transmission.  So however re-opening unfolds, when that happens, any decisions we make will be mindful of that ongoing need.

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens