ADOTS Weekly Special Update
The Fourth Week of Easter
A weekly roundup of information, updates, and recommended ministry resources.
Simple Prayer for Parents
"The Way of a Pilgrim, written by an anonymous Russian pilgrim in the 19th century, chronicles one man’s spiritual journey to faithfully ‘pray without ceasing.’ The answer to that challenge was the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ Over and over again throughout the day, this pilgrim prays ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me’ in all situations.

The desert fathers of early Christianity derived this prayer from the Gospel story when a man cried out to Jesus for healing. Since the early centuries of our faith, this seven word prayer has centered believers in the presence of God in any and all situations. These seven words are a gift to parents to shape and order their days with their children, especially when all around them is disorder and chaos.

Praying the Jesus Prayer doesn’t put the dishes away, but it helps me hear the voice of God in the place of exhaustion. Since the early centuries of our faith, this seven word prayer has centered believers in the presence of God in any and all situations. These seven words are a gift to parents to shape and order their days with their children, especially when all around them is disorder and chaos.

St. Francis de Sales is a strong advocate of several sentence prayers in his book, Treatise on the Love of God. ‘Lord, I am yours and You are mine.’ ‘Come Lord Jesus, draw me to yourself.’ And the Psalms are a great source of brief prayers, too. To conform every activity in worship, we may simply pray this verse over and over: ‘Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.’ These simple prayers protect us from forgetting the Lord when the demands are great upon us.

I believe designated time for personal, uninterrupted worship is one of the greatest priorities for individuals within a family. But drawing near to Christ with brief sentence prayers in a time of crisis or chaos is abiding in his love all the same."

-the Very Rev. Jack King is the Dean of Tennessee and the Rector of Apostles, Knoxville
Best Practices for Churches and Parents to Prevent Online Abuse of Children
by Rachel Moorman
MinistrySafe is a comprehensive child abuse prevention training program recommended by the Diocese of the South. Created by legal professionals who are sexual abuse experts, MinistrySafe helps churches reduce the risk of sexual abuse of the children entrusted to them with its 5-part Safety System and training, designed specifically for churches and ministries.
With the sudden surge in electronic learning and online church services and meetings, MinistrySafe is educating parents and church staff on the best practices to protect children who can become vulnerable through electronic communication. Whether you’re using Zoom, Facebook, email, or some other online platform, knowing how to prevent the sexual abuse of children online has never been a greater priority than it is now. In this post, I summarize some of the main steps to take. Click here to read it all...
Donate to Urgent Food Crisis in Rwanda During Covid-19
by Don Hutchens
The Covid-19 lockdown in Rwanda has created a food distribution emergency. All Saints Peachtree City, GA partners with the Kibungo Diocese in Rwanda, and Fr. Don Hutchens has an update and request for donations for this urgent need:

Grace and peace to you in this very troubling time in our land. In February I was blessed by our Lord to travel to the Diocese of Kibungo and found brothers and sisters filled with the joy and love of Jesus Christ. Each part of the diocese visited was a witness to their joyful dedication to do the work of our Lord with minimal resources. They are poor in worldly wealth but rich beyond measure in love and joy in Jesus!

During my time there, Bishop Emmanuel asked that I act as an ambassador for his diocese and the Christians that serve our Lord. I am writing you on his behalf to draw attention to an immediate need of our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Kibungo.The Covid 19 lockdown has been devastating to Rwanda. The income per capita is minimal and dependent largely on daily wages. They like us are in lockdown, making food procurement almost impossible due to lack of money. There is food available for purchase at warehouses and it can be accessed by diocesan operations if funds are available.

We at All Saints began in initiative to fund food procurement by transferring $2,000 to the Diocese of Kibungo to be administered by a framework that will get the funds to the archdeaconries and the Christians in the churches. Bishop Emmanuel characterized this first step as, “…help that will save lives of the neediest among us.”

The steps taken by All Saints are important, but begins to meet the need. I implore you to refuse to be silent in their time of need and join us in this response of Christian love to those who need our help now. All Saints is willing to be the clearing house for funds. By combining multiple amounts into one transfer we can save transfer fees and ensure the maximum amount of the funds go toward food.

I have spoken with Rev. Ethan Carlson of Rwanda Ministry Partners and he enthusiastically endorses our efforts. Similar initiatives have begun with US partners with the Gasabo, Shyira and Kigali Dioceses.

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

Please join us in caring for part of Christ’s body that is suffering with hunger.

Praise God for the way we have been sustained in this time of crisis in our land and the opportunity that has been given to us to care for our brothers and sisters in Kibungo, Rwanda.

Your servant in Christ,
(The Rev.) Don Hutchens
Associate Priest for Pastoral Care and Mission at All Saints Anglican Church

Bishop Emmanuel Ntazinda of the Kibungo Diocese adds:
“Today on May 4th, we have started more quarantine days for 2 weeks. We thank God, we have done 40 days lockdown in homes, and God has been faithful so, we believe [God] is also going to be with us in these 2 weeks but praying that those would [be] the last.
Please continue to be with us in prayers as we are doing it for you in our every prayer. Bless you, and may God’s protection, power and provision be with you all.”
Helpful Resources
Compiled by Greg Goebel
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 ( https://www.facebook.com/adotsdailyprayer)

Noonday Prayer at 11am/Noon CT/ET ( https://www.facebook.com/HolyCrossAnglicanChurch/)

Compline at 8pm/9pm CT/ET ( https://www.facebook.com/adotsdailyprayer)

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


Liturgy
We're using the liturgy at https://www.dailyoffice2019.com/ 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 fb.com/adotsDailyPrayer 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!

Comment
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.

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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 news@adots.org 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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