CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
March 20, 2020

To the Community of the Beloved from Cynthia Taylor+

As you know by now, we are suspending our worship service for this Sunday. We are learning to gather in new ways to love and support one another and continue to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be re-evaluating how long we need to be apart physically.

In such a fluid situation, it may be that this extends until Easter. But the Body of Christ can and will come together.

We will be livestreaming the Service of Morning Prayer at 10:30 am this Sunday, March 22.  I will be the officiant and preach the homily. You can join us at our Facebook site at Church of the Holy Comforter. To follow along, click on the link below.


Of course, I couldn’t do the service without the help of Thomas Saunders and Dave Blake. And our Church Administrator Vivian Vaiden is the one who is making the E-News and videos happen. Financial Secretary Lara Fort still makes sure that our finances are taken care of and bills paid. Thank you all for this ministry.  


NEW PRAYER OFFERINGS
I will offer different ways for us to pray. Today the worship offering comes from the Community of Northumbria in England and their Celtic Daily Prayer. Please watch and make these prayers your own.

CELTIC MORNING PRAYER
CELTIC EVENING PRAYER
CELTIC COMPLINE

Evening Prayer with the Diocese of Georgia
Last night, I was privileged to give the sermon for our on-line Diocesan Evening Prayer. You can watch that sermon here. 
If you want to watch the entire service, which was filmed with participants from across the diocese, go to the Facebook site for the Diocese of Georgia . Our bishop-elect, Frank Logue, put this together in less than two days. Thank you, Frank+!


HOW ARE YOU DOING?
You will be receiving care calls from myself and our Vestry beginning later this weekend to see how you are doing. Who would have thought that social distancing would prove to be such a challenge?  When you are contacted, please let us know how we can pray for you. Special concerns will be passed on to me.


HOW TO GIVE
I want to encourage you to remain faithful in giving to support the ministry of Holy Comforter, even when we are not gathered in person. I continue to make my pledge to our church and our mission and ministry; I know that I’m not alone in doing that.

There are several ways to give. You can press the donate now  button below or go on-line to our website at www.holycomforterchurch.org and click on Giving  at the top right hand. Finally, you can mail checks to: Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Fury’s Ferry Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30809.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
For those in need of healing:  Tony Abate, Martha Ann Shearouse, all suffering with COVID-19, and all who are anxious during this time.
 
And we especially pray for all health care workers.  Some are like Eric Bradley, son-in law of Robbie and Gail Jarrell. He has now sent his wife Jill and daughter Joanna, to live with the Jarrell's while he continues to work in an ER in North Carolina. He is just one of thousands who are making sacrifices on our behalf.  

For those celebrating birthdays:  Linda Hoogland, Mike Bourque, David Harbeson, John Rumbaugh, Paulie Kane, and Greyson McDaniel

For our prison system, the inmates, the staff of these facilities, and the ladies at Leath Correctional Facility.
 
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School and The Claiborne at West Lake.
 
For the safety of  all those who serve abroad.
 
For those who are homebound:  John Howell, Corky Angleman, Marjorie Sinclair, Donna Garvey, Bobby and Lorraine Banks, and Joan Jackson
 
For the departed: Leslie Williams

For all who have died for the Christian Faith and for those who have persecuted them.
 
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