Church of the Holy Comforter | March 11, 2020

Dear Holy Comforter Family,

Today, our clergy met on a zoom meeting with Bishop Goff and the Diocese of Virginia staff to respond to our current pandemic. During that meeting she has asked that all churches in the Diocese suspend public worship services for the next two weeks or until March 25 when we can check in again to see where we are. At Holy Comforter we are also suspending all church-sponsored gatherings for two weeks and encouraging them to take place using electronic means if possible.

From their meeting with an epidemiologist who described the Covid-19 virus as spreading exponentially. “We can’t stop the spread of the virus, but we can slow the spread of the virus.” This is about caring for those most vulnerable to the virus and insuring our health care system is not overwhelmed.

During this time, the Church Office at Holy Comforter will be open and we can meet with clergy for pastoral meetings. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will be organizing to support those who are in need of food delivery or who aren’t able to get out. The Holy Comforter Preschool will be open as determined by their Director and their Board, because children are not particularly impacted by this virus. Pennywise will stay open.

Please pray regularly for our community and for our world in this time.

We will be offering a Sunday reflection and shared devotions to support one another through this time. This Sunday we will be sharing a streaming of Bishop Michael Curry at 11:15am. We will send out a link for this service and include it on our website—as with all things Bishop Curry, a larger screen is helpful! Upcoming we will offer shared community devotion. If you wish to share a prayer or an image or a devotion during this Lent please forward it to me at jstrand@holycomforter.com.

Gracious God, we ask you to send your healing spirit upon us and give us your peace even as we are living in a time of much anxiety. Help us to be attentive to caring in all that we do, striving to serve and to be signs of your love everywhere. Bless all those whose employment or livelihood is in peril. Bless all who are affected by illness for themselves or a family member. And, as our lives and the lives of many are disrupted for this time, help us look forward to the new day. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

In Christ’s love,

Jon+

P.S. Please read Bishop Goff’s letter HERE .