A Sense of Being in the Wilderness
Please know that I pray for the entire congregation of St. Paul’s every day. I bid your prayers for all the staff at St. Paul’s.
In these past days as we approach the fifth Sunday of Lent, I’ve been reflecting on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. I’ve wondered how He spent his time. I’ve pondered about how He considered the uncertainties He faced.
I imagine for many of us that we, too, are feeling a sense of being in the wilderness, perhaps alone in our homes or even home surrounded by family. We feel a sense of confusion that our routines are no longer the same. Those friends and family, whom we see regularly for companionship and support, we only experience from a distance. As the news becomes grimmer, perhaps we feel a strange compulsion to watch the news continuously, afraid to look away, yet afraid to miss something.
It is in these times that we are invited, through the graciousness of God, to deepen our spiritual strength. Even if we falter in these days, we are reminded that we are not alone, that God’s abundant love continues today just as we have experienced it in the past. Our comfort is in those memories of God and God’s people and in the Hope for the future in that same Love.
At St. Paul’s we are here to walk through the wilderness so you are not alone. As the living Body of Christ, the staff, vestry and entire congregation can and will help each other. Clergy are always available for phone calls and have begun reaching out to all parishioners. The vestry will also begin contacting parishioners in the weeks ahead. I also know that many of you are keeping connected via regular phone calls, texts and emails.
While our worship format has changed, we still gather together as a community of the faithful on Sundays via worship services at 10:15 on youtube (Please see Rev. Eric’s video here on how to connect to the service.) And a link to this Sunday’s bulletin can be found here .
This week we began a live Evening Prayer service Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM. Over 30 people have participated so far. It’s wonderful as we see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices lifted to God. We will continue this next week.
I leave you with this verse from the Gospel of John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let you heart be troubled and do not let them be afraid.”
May God’s peace be with you and yours,