St. Aidan’s facilities are currently closed to follow best practices with social distancing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For Pastoral needs call our priest, Fr. Lars Skoglund at 262-673-7273
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Dear Ones in Christ,
I am frequently encouraged by the following collect from Compline:
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We are in a time of “changes and chances.” Since we released our plan for regathering, active cases of COVID-19 in Washington County have rapidly increased. The Diocese looks at the ratio of active cases per 100,000 residents – this ratio is referred to as burden.
A burden of 50 or less is required to regather. Over the past 10 days, our burden has gone from 46 to 104, and Washington County’s burden is the fifth highest in the state.
We will reinstate our plan when the caseload allows us to do so. In the meantime, we will continue our services on Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, and Friday morning. The Diocesan guidelines have also changed to allow for limited pastoral visits and the distribution of Home Communion. Both types of visits will happen with restrictions – outdoors, with masks and a minimum of six feet of distance. We are working to find a way to systematically arrange for these, but in the meantime, please let me, the BC, or the parish office know if you are interested.
I want to share the words that my friend and fellow priest, the Reverend Scott Seefeldt, shared with his parish this week, as they so well express my sentiments in this moment:
“No matter what we see others doing around us, we, as members of this parish church, must do our utmost in the fight against this virus. This means staying home if possible and wearing face masks whenever we cannot. For the sake of one another’s health and the very lives of some, this is not the year for many “normal” activities. Such sacrifices are keenly felt–something, believe me, my family and I know full well. But by working together and setting an example for our neighbors, perhaps we can help stem the tide. The sooner we do, the sooner we can return to worshipping together as we are accustomed.”
These changes and chance of life do feel overwhelming. But we must not lose heart. As the letter to the Hebrews says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Changes will come, and, God willing, one day – months, weeks, or years from now – this time will be but a distant memory: a short and unpleasant season, when we were asked to care for one another by staying at home and/or wearing a mask.
And then, as it is now, and as it always will be, it all, through it all, Jesus, your Savior remains constant when all else is changing. His goodness, kindness, and love for you endure.
– Fr Lars