Q: Are church services cancelled for this Sunday?
A: YES. On Thursday evening,
Bishop Lee sent an email
to all clergy instructing us to cancel public worship services until further notice. However, since he knew it would be difficult to reach everyone before Sunday, he has asked us to open our doors and hold services
this week only
for those who did not receive notification
that services are cancelled. Bottom line: Please stay home this Sunday and until further notice!
Q: Will the services be live-streamed? Can I participate in worship virtually?
A: At Grace, there will not be live-streamed worship--at least not immediately as there are technical details to solve before that would be possible. However, Linda and I plan to record Morning Prayer tomorrow and post it later in the day on the website and Facebook page.
Also, there are links in the next section to live-streamed services that you can access.
Beginning on Sunday, March 22, Bishop Lee will offer online worship on Sunday mornings via a link that will be posted on the diocesan website, on social media, and in the email newsletter.
Q: If I don't connect with livestreamed services, what other resources are there for worship?
Another colleague shared this prayer from the Prayer Book of the Armed Forces for times when one cannot attend worship or receive the sacrament:
In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come. Amen.
Q: How are people who are physically isolated because of the coronavirus being cared for? Do we have a list of people who would like to receive phone calls on Sunday? What if they need assistance like medications delivered to them? How can I help?
A: Our Ministry of Care is making certain that one of our ministers will be in contact with each of our most vulnerable members. If you are aware of other needs, please contact me or Bonnielynn Kreiser. If you are available to make deliveries, send that info by e-mail to Bonnielynn.