Those who worshipped with First Christian of Greensboro online on Mother’s Day probably did more listening than watching because the picture came out sideways. It didn’t look sideways on my screen, however, so even though chat bubbles were appearing on the screen with chatter about it, I could only see the bubbles—not what they said. It wasn’t until the service was finished that I looked at the recording of it and discovered the faux pas. All I could say was, “Oh, well.” I think I know why it did that, and if so, it won’t happen again. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for the crick in your neck.
At one time, we had hoped to have Youth Sunday on May 17. We even talked about how we might make accommodations to coronavirus restrictions if they were still in place. Regrettably, strict limits prevented us from making any such compromise. The future is still too hard to predict for scheduling exact dates.
One thing is clear. It’s in my Quietudes message #48 for Tuesday, May 12. No singing! Not in Germany, and not in our church until conditions are met that seem pretty far away still. Here is a report I found after hearing about it from Woody Faulkner: On May 5th, an expert panel assembled by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) laid out a sobering vision for the future of public singing in America. . . .
If you’re inclined to argue, “Yes, but—“imagine how choral teachers and choir directors feel. It’s not feasible to space people apart in a way that guarantees everyone’s safety. Each singer would need more than 16 feet separation in every direction! Masks cannot provide safety, either. In fact, the safer the mask, the more impossible it would be to sing without making yourself miserable. And tests aren’t yet reliable enough to eliminate the possibility of false negatives.
But we can sing in the shower, and in our own homes. How can we keep from it?