Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you from Denver, where I’ve been on retreat and visiting my daughter, Emily. During this time, the situation with the coronavirus has escalated significantly. After a conference call with the Bishop this morning and consultation with our Senior Warden Jackson Ellisor, here is what we’ve decided to do.
We will continue our Sunday worship schedule, but we ask that you follow these guidelines:
As you have probably already heard, both the Bunko Night, the March Break Bread Together, and the Parish Fish Fry have been cancelled. Technical arrangements are being made to host a “virtual” (online) Bible Study in place of our regular gathering on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. The same will be done for the Vestry Meeting on Monday, March 16th at 6:00 pm at our Wednesday Lenten classes.
This is not the Lenten fast that any of us would have chosen. Nevertheless, here we are in a situation that, I for one, am not experienced in nor prepared for, except through my faith in the God of Jesus Christ who always leads us from death to life; who always accompanies us through the wilderness to the promised land; who never leaves us to face our troubles alone. We don’t know what lies ahead. Different decisions may be necessary in the days to come. Some of these actions may in hindsight be an overreaction or an under reaction. Lord, have mercy on us.
So for today, let us use this unchosen fast to pray for those in authority, those treating the ill, those who are ill or particularly at risk—financially, emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Let us use this time to read our bibles and say our prayers. Let us spend time quietly with our Lord and those we love. Even when we are alone, we are not alone.
Have no fear for tomorrow. The same God who loves and cares for us today, will love and care for us tomorrow.