It is a time of great uncertainty and concern. Each of us is figuring out how to adapt to this new environment, and as things change by the hour, adjust how
live life together. It cannot be said enough that what we are doing is an act of love for one another. By adhering to these extreme new practices, we live out our love for the whole human family.
We are not alone. The God who in Jesus crossed even the grave to make all things new, has not distanced himself from us. Indeed, it is a season that shows God calling us to draw close not only to God, but
each other in new, meaningful ways.
At St. John’s, we are mapping out new practices for sharing our life together. I just got off of a video staff meeting where we put together the following plans:
Each weekday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., someone will be in the church offices to answer the phones. Please call us and let us know of concerns and needs you have, or of those you are aware, that we may not know. Call or e-mail the clergy. We really, really want to hear from you.
To that end, we are going to start reaching out by phone to different members of the church, beginning with our older members. If for some reason we don’t call, get in touch with us as our database doesn’t always tell us your age (if you didn’t share your birthday). Also, we ask parishioners to call each other. Take
some of the additional
time you have to stay connected.
We are seeking to add new worship and devotional services that you can participate in remotely. In addition to our live stream Sunday morning 10 a.m. service, we are immediately going to add a children’s service at 9:45 a.m. before Morning Prayer. You can tune in at those times to join us live, or go to our YouTube page (
) or church website (
) to worship at alternative times that work better for you and your family.
Starting tomorrow (3/18), I am going to lead a time of prayer and devotion at noon on Wednesdays. Again, you can join this live or later at your convenience.
Click here to join.
Mortlock (Minister to Children and Families) and Tray Light (Minister to Youth), are going to be reaching out to our
young people and looking for ways to
assure them they are remembered and connected
This is just a start. We will do more things as we can.
Additionally, please know we are looking for ways to help people who are in more acute situations, and when appropriate, we will let you know if you might be able to join us in offering assistance.
While this date is almost certain to change, for the benefit of your own planning we are cancelling all church activities, meetings, studies, and gatherings until AT LEAST
Saturday, April 4.
We will reevaluate things at that time and hope the best, while being realistic that the date will
be extended beyond that date.
f you are planning an event or gathering after that date, we ask that you recognize there is a significant chance of it being interrupted or cancelled. Let us work with you about questions you have.
During this entire season, I pray you not give into fear. If you feel terrible lonely or just in need of reassurance, give any of us a call. I’d love to talk and know my work colleagues feel the same.
What is coming into focus very quickly is what is most important in life. We no longer have the luxury of believing the lie that we are all in this thing called life for ourselves, or that what matters in life are only the things that impact us and our families. We can no longer major on the minors and minor on the majors.
But this is a significant silver lining. For now it is undeniable how very connected we are and what really matters in life.
Be strong. Be patient with yourself and each other. Know it’s okay to grieve, and have your moments. Give it all to God. And know, that the one who triumphed over every tribulation known in humanity, and
death, abides with us now. Jesus is most definitely not socially distancing.
A Prayer from St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.