To be, or not to be…

“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.”

Shakespeare penned these words over 400 years ago, yet the question still begs an answer in our day.  To open or not to open, that is our question.  It’s the question the whole world is struggling to answer in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Is it over?  Is it safe to resume life as we once knew it?  Can we go back to work?  Can I get a haircut?  Shakespeare’s question still looms large in our minds.
 
On Monday, May 4, the state of Missouri lifted the stay-at-home order to allow for businesses to reopen.  Phase one of the “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” (https://showmestrong.mo.gov/) began and will remain in effect until 11:59 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020.  The guidelines for Phase one that directly impact our church state: “Individuals may go to and from a place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.”  Social distancing is defined as a distance of six feet.
 
Unlike Shakespeare my question is more pedestrian: How are we to reopen the church and follow these guidelines?  To take it a bit further, even if we devise a plan that would allow for these restrictions, how are we going to enforce them?  These are but a couple of items that must be carefully considered.  There are many more and the Leadership Council is going to have to wrestle with them.  What I am asking is that you hold them up in prayer, listen to and follow their recommendations, and be considerate of one another during this time.  Hopefully, it won’t be long before this is all behind us.
 
Pastor Paul