ADOTS Weekly Special Update
June 18, 2020
A weekly roundup of information, updates, and recommended ministry resources.
Rest is an Essential Part of Staying Engaged
by Greg Goebel
This year has been quite challenging, to say the least. When I talk to our Rectors, priests, deacons and lay leaders I hear many stories of fatigued faithfulness. Within the context of the virus and injustices and the myriad of responses to both, you are being the Church in the world.

We need rest now more than ever. But should we rest when there is so much to do?

A few weeks ago I was talking to a pastor in another tradition. This pastor has been involved in planting churches, leading multi-ethnic church development, and in civil rights work. He is a very productive, faithful pastor. And yet his advice to me was "slow down" and "take some time each day for rest."

We need to rest each day, each week, and each year. Not in spite of the several crisis we face, but because of them. You may, like me, have the false idea that I can rest after the crisis is over. But my friend set me straight. In order for me to continue to serve, long term, I have to rest. Over the long haul, I will actually do more if I rest more.

We are, after all, God's children. We are his beloved. He does not use us like disposable items, and then toss us aside. He nourishes us, cares for us, and empowers us. He is with us as much in our busy activity as in our rest. Our Lord himself modeled this by going aside to pray.

So as summer approaches, please consider taking some time to rest and relax with your family or friends, or alone, or both. Rest is part of the equation in God's Kingdom.

-Canon Greg Goebel is the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff of ADOTS
Ministry Resources
Prepared by Daniel Adkinson
This week, we want to highlight several different areas. First, the national conversation is focused on race, justice, and social unrest. There is a robust conversation taking place and we are seeing different responses from church leaders. We also look at church re-opening strategies and COVID-19 response ministries. Click here to read the whole update.
GAFCON Sunday: June 28
On Gafcon Sunday we will be celebrating 12 years of faithful Gospel ministry since the first Global Anglican Future Conference was held in Jerusalem. This year we are seeking to reach US$100,000 in donations to support our ongoing work.

We are asking churches to celebrate Gafcon on Sunday 28th June by praising God for his faithfulness over the last 12 years and by making a special donation to the work of Gafcon.
Cathedral Guide to Video Streaming
Prepared by Gene Reed
Live-streamed video of Sunday Worship can be a powerful way to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. It serves several groups in a way not possible otherwise: members who are home-bound due to age or illness, seekers who can now preview worship as they search for a church home, and more recently to entire congregations forced to end weekly meetings for worship during the pandemic.

Is it something my church should begin? How do we even start?

Mr. Reed has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and 15 years’ experience designing, operating, and maintaining communication, video teleconferencing, and presentation systems. A member of Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral, he recently designed and installed the streaming system at Holy Cross and continues to operate it, while currently training others as operators.
Please Share: Daily Prayer Live!
Morning, Noonday, and Compline
Archbishop Beach asked us to provide live Daily Office prayer!

The clergy of ADOTS and Holy Cross Cathedral have come together to create a live Daily Office format for:

Morning Prayer at 7/8am CT/ET (

Noonday Prayer at 11am/Noon CT/ET (

Compline at 8pm/9pm CT/ET (

Weekly Hymn Sing! Every Wednesday at 2pm with Chris Sieggen of St. Thomas, Athens, Georgia.

We're using the liturgy at so that everyone can follow along each day. This website updates the prayer services of the daily office each day, so its all there!

Please Share
With so many people looking for connection, this is a great resource to share with all your friends on any social media platform. You can share the link anywhere, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Instagram! Your friends and family don't have to be on Facebook to watch the videos. and join us in prayer.

You can also share on your church's public pages!

Whenever you join us, please add a comment to show us you are present, to encourage others,, to add a prayer request, or to give a thanksgiving.

See you there!
Prayers for Such a Time as This
We have compiled and adapted prayers from the Book of Common Prayer 2019 to include in online parish services and for home worship. Some prayers have been adjusted from the BCP 2019 to reflect the current coronavirus situation. We have included the prayer number and page numbers so you can easily find them in your own BCP 2019. You can download and print this resource as a PDF by clicking the link below.
Online Ministry Tools
Everyone is scrambling to figure out how best to worship, pray, serve, and fellowship online right now. Click here for an overview of tools, and some ideas, that might be helpful.
Send us Your Stories of God's Grace in this Time
We would love to share the stories of God's work through and among his people. Please email us at so that Rachel can help you share these stories of God working even in difficult times.
Music Resources Online
BCP 2019 and Lectionary
The ACNA has released BCP 2019! Click here to visit the BCP 2019 web page.

ADOTS has provided an online calendar of Sunday and Feast Day collects and lessons here.
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