May Godś Love Be Upon You
May God's love be upon you today. Please know that I continue to lift you in my prayers.
I write with some updates about our shared life together in these unsettling times. In continued consultation with the wardens, consistent with the governmental directives and based on our bishop’s recommendations, we will continue to offer on-line worship on Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM until Sunday May 10th. (I apologize for any confusion last Sunday and do hope that you understand we are trying our very best.)
For this Sunday, we will be sending a Beacon tomorrow night with a link to the service. Additionally, a file with the order of service will be available on the website site for you to download to follow along. We are happy to drop off a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at your house if you would prefer to follow the service that way (unless you are a Florida sunbird!) We are calling this the "BCP-to-Go" ministry. Please just email me at [email protected]
Some people have wondered about our Holy Week and Easter worship. Please know that we are considering creative ways to worship God and nourish our souls during those Holy Days while still adhering to relevant health and social distancing guidance. We’ll communicate further once we have more specifics around our plans.
Easter is our foundational celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a critically important Holy Day of joyous celebration and a 50 day season in the church calendar. Yet in our hearts and faith, Easter is a gift to remind us of Resurrection as a way to see and experience a New Creation and the promise of New Life in Jesus. As people of faith we can recall moments in our lives when we have experienced Resurrection that can spiritually carry us through Good Friday days, and these memories have nothing to do with a date on the calendar. I rest easy knowing that, while this year’s Holy Week and Easter services will not follow the traditional format, we will no doubt be together sometime in the future to celebrate Easter and our beloved community, rejoicing in God's love.
The Lenten program which we've been offering at Sunday morning Discovery Hour will be a Zoom call (video teleconference) at 1PM on Sunday, March 15th. The program is called "Living Lent by Practicing Courage with all your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind." A link to the materials and log in details will be posted on the website.
In the near term, we are reworking the St. Paul's website to provide you with spiritual resources to help you on this unplanned journey. From musical offerings, art, prayers and sermons, we hope that you will find solace in the wonder of God's revelation and inspiration from your church community. All of this will take a bit of time to get up and running, so we appreciate your patience as we work on this virtual offering.