Update from Bishop Julian Dobbs
Wednesday March 18, 2020
Greetings in the name of our Lord.
On Monday and Tuesday evening I met electronically via Zoom video call with wardens and clergy of the diocese. In the 24-hour period between the meetings there has been rapid changes in the spread of the coronavirus and updated recommendations from the White House and the CDC. President Trump has just announced that the U.S. will be closing the northern border to Canada for non-essential traffic as part of the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
As I said on the call last evening,
I believe the time has come for us to move our worship services to an online or teleconference format and utilize the liturgies of morning or evening prayer. Please discuss this recommendation with your wardens and vestry as a priority today.
I am already scheduled to make two virtual episcopal visits and I am willing and desirous of joining you for virtual services as my schedule permits.
Regular and more frequent communication with your congregation is critical during this period. Please utilize email, text message and telephone calls to members of your congregation.
Please do not hesitate to contact the diocese for assistance. My team is working with diligence and commitment to serve you and your congregations.
Updated Prayer Requests
- Archdeacon Richard Lafferty is no longer bleeding and hopes to be released from the hospital in Nevada soon
- Patrick Malone is recovering from a cardiac procedure in Wisconsin
- Michelle Crippen is about to begin an aggressive cancer treatment schedule in Pennsylvania
- Matthew and Anne Kennedy and their family remained quarantined
Below are some links that will assist you in preparation for virtual worship services.
2019 Book of Common Prayer
*Clover Give has excellent online and phone support
Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested unto us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
With the assurance of my love, prayers and availability,