21 March 2020
Dear Friends of Christ Jesus,
Your ministry in these past days is a blessing to the people you
serve, and I believe, a blessing to God. Your leadership expands God's commonwealth and makes the church flourish. I am inspired and deeply moved by your adaptability and love. Along with my colleagues who work at Loring House (actually now from home) I am eager to support you.
What follows are five resources, four videos, and an invitation
(links are listed on the left in order of mention):
- The Reverend Suzanne Roberts, M.D., a priest associate at St. Luke's Cathedral and a practicing physician with MaineHealth. Dr. Roberts responds to several questions about the coronavirus in this video. Please share this with your congregation.
- Yesterday's edition of The Dio Log and featured Terrance Reimer, canon for stewardship and finance, encouraging you to contact him or the assistant director, Thomas Sumner, if your congregation has concerns about payroll, insurance, or diocesan assessments during this unsettling time. Please share this with every lay leader who oversees your congregation's financial affairs.
- My message to the Diocese of Maine from earlier this week, and my previous message: please share them with your congregation.
- The Presiding Bishop's sermon from last Sunday. You may share this in whatever way you think is best. For those of you who have neither time nor energy to focus on a sermon for tomorrow you may distribute this and call it the sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent.
Invitation to the Town Hall
Please join other congregational and diocesan leaders for a Town Hall meeting this Tuesday, 24 March, 5:00-6:00pm. During this meeting I will outline recommendations for observing Holy Week and Easter, announce opportunities to serve our neighbors, present guidelines for pastoral care to the sick, dying, and bereaved, and identify discussion items for subsequent Town Hall meetings. If the warden(s) or treasurer cannot attend, the clergy person in charge may designate another lay person to join the meeting. We have space for 300 people. Canon Barbara Martin will be available for Zoom questions beginning at 4:30PM.
Live without fear, you creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road, and the blessing of God: Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you, for ever.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown
Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Maine