March, 2020
In this edition:
Worship opportunities
Resources for faith at home
Cathedral open for prayer
Outreach and our ministry partners
Prayers
Questionnaire on Theology of Money
Worship opportunities

Following the guidance of our Bishop, all public Cathedral worship services and most Cathedral events are suspended through March 31. (If you have not yet seen Bishop Gretchen’s message, you can read it here. However, that does not mean that you cannot worship God! Our diocese will be offering a live-stream weekly on Sunday mornings. Today, you can participate in Morning Prayer streamed from St. Paul’s, Walla Walla, at either 8 AM or 10:30 AM. Get the links on the Diocesan website.

There are also a number of resources to support worship at home. The diocese is providing weekly materials that you can access here. There are resources in the Book of Common Prayer to shape worship at home. These include the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families, which offer brief prayer services for use at 4 times across the day. These begin on page 136 of the BCP. The Daily Office of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are beautiful and longer services focused on Scripture and prayer. These begin on page 36 of the BCP. There are resources available online, including Mission St Clare . And if you do not have a Book of Common Prayer at home, it is available online .
Resources for Faith at Home

As we respond to the current public health emergency and practice social distancing we can still grow in the knowledge and love of God! Here are some resources that might help:
  • While our Sunday Forum will not be meeting, one can use the participant guide for further study of and reflection on the Lord’s Prayer. There are still a few copies available (at no cost) at the church
  • Faith-at-home: “A year-round weekly email that will include four separate lectionary based reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups [...] each week will feature one unifying question” If you don’t want to sign up for an email, you can access the reflections and prompts directly on their website
  • Are you disappointed that March Madness has been cancelled? You’re in luck – Lent Madness, a Lent-long devotion through which you learn about the lives of our forebearers in faith. Read and vote, or just read along. It’s always been all-online!
  • If you want to continue with Godly Play while we can’t meet in person, Charissa Simmons from our sister Cathedral in Portland will be offering the stories of Godly Play on YouTube.
  • Our denomination has curated a list of many resources to help us to continue to live prayerful lives
  • Are you concerned how to talk to children about what’s going on? There are some helpful tips here from Angela Compton Nelson (Minister for Christian Education and youth at Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Illustrated Children’s Ministry is providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. You can sign up to receive them via email here
  • The Rev. Jessica Schaap, Missioner for Christian Formation in the Diocese of New Westminster (Canada), has pulled together this list of 9 free apps that can be used to facilitate prayer.
Cathedral open for prayer

The Cathedral will be open for personal prayer and visitors Monday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Outreach
Supporting our ministry partners

Outreach still matters during a pandemic!

Family Promise and Ronald McDonald House, two of our ministry partners, have not halted the programs St John’s had planned to help with. Both organizations need donations to provide for families without volunteer help.
 
FAMILY PROMISE: We had been scheduled to host Family Promise at the end of this month. You can read their current plan here, but they are in need of help! Here are four ways you can be a support for families in our community experiencing homelessness:
  1. Give Financially : This transition will increase costs for Family Promise of Spokane, so your financial support during this time period will be significant. Please feel free to donate online
  2. Supply Donations: They are in need of specific supplies for cleaning, sanitation, and infant care during this time. Please follow us on Facebook to keep track of updated needs requests. All other donations will need to be postponed until April.
  3. Current Need : They are in need of camper trailers/RVs (preferably that have bathrooms) that we could borrow for the next 30 days. Our intended use of these trailers is to park them at our Mission location in order to separate guests that become ill in the coming weeks. We will ensure that all trailers are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before they are returned, and we will take responsibility for any damage that may occur while in our care. If you have a trailer you would be willing to let us borrow, please email office@familypromiseofspokane.org .
  4. Be Kind and Pray : They ask that we be kind to one another and pray for our neighbors and community during this time.
 
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST: Our regional youth group was going to provide a meal for Ronald McDonald House this weekend, but are unable to. In case you’re unfamiliar with the organization, they provide temporary lodging, comfort and support for families with critically ill or injured children accessing medical services in the region, and supports related efforts to improve children’s health in the Inland Northwest. As a result of COVID-19, they are suspending their meal groups and baking buddies who provide for the guest families. However, these guest families still have need. If you would like to make a donation to help these families, you can go to Guest Chef donations. If you would notate in the additional comments section “Guest Chef,” these funds will be directed to the meal program.  
Prayers

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

This we pray in Christ our Lord. Amen.
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In the Book of Common Prayer, you may find Prayers for the Sick (p. 458-460) or Prayers for use by a Sick Person (p. 461) meaningful at this time.
 
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Lord,
it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.
In your name we pray. Amen.
(Source: A New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 184)
Questionnaire on the Theology of Money

The Task Force on Theology of Money is listening to the theologies of money present within The Episcopal Church. They seek to understand how our Christian faith is expressed in, or isn’t expressed in, or is held in tension with, our relationship with money. The Task Force will present a written report to the 2021 General Convention and may produce other resources that will be available to The Episcopal Church. Your responses will help greatly in their work. You can fill out their questionnaire online (responses by April 8). If you have any questions regardin the questionnaire, you can be in touch with the Task Force via email
Do you have an item that you’d like to see included in the April edition?
Contact the editor, Katherine Karr-Cornejo, prior to April 12.