Special Notices for March 13, 2020
Dear Epiphany community,

We often end our services at Epiphany with the words, "May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ." Those words seem especially appropriate in these days of anxiety and uncertainty.

Your senior warden, Ann Fowler, and I have been in conversation about the best course of action regarding our worship services and programming. In light of the CDC recommendations around social distancing for the safety of others, we have decided to suspend worship services and programming at the church until Monday, March 30.

This is not a decision we wanted to make, but because of the health and safety issues involved, it's one that most of the churches in the diocese now feel they must make. Our plan is to offer worship online so we can stay connected with each other and we will send another email before Sunday to let you know how you can connect with us online Sunday morning at 10 a.m. I hope you will take part in that, as we need each other, especially at times like this.

Your staff, your wardens, and your vestry remain at work to ensure that our parishioners are well cared for and that we are able to find ways to stay connected to one another and our faith. 
 
Grace and peace,
The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore
Priest in Charge
A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTORAL CARE COMMITTEE
The spread of the coronavirus has dominated the news and conversations of people throughout the world.  

Our response as a church community includes not only preparation and precautions when we gather and assistance to those who might contract the virus, but also includes intercessory prayer.

The Pastoral Care committee offers four prayers published by the Diocese of Exeter in the U.K. for those of you who wish to join your individual prayers with the collective voices of other Christians worldwide. 

The prayers include a main prayer for everyone affected by the outbreak; a prayer for those who are ill; a prayer for those in isolation; and a prayer for those providing medical care and research.  
 
Main Prayer for Coronavirus Outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy,
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from
your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
For Those Who Are Ill
Merciful God,
we entrust to your unfailing and
tender care,
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger
threatens your everlasting arms are
there to hold us safe.
Rest your healing hand upon them, and restore them to health and strength;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
For Those in Isolation
God of compassion
be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation.
in their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope:
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone
on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
For Medical Staff and Researchers
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those researching
for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be
restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.