Friday, March 20, 2020

To all God’s Beloved at SJP,

I hope that little by little you are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ we find ourselves living in.  Earlier in the week I told you I would send out some short devotional material that could be used at regular times during the day.  You will find that at the end of this letter.  My hope is this:

We will pray together daily, from our homes, at 9am, NOON, 6pm and 9pm. I have provide these daily devotions you can print. I know not everybody is going to be able to pray these devotions all four times every day.

But since we are becoming more and more isolated as we try to defeat this virus, most of us have extra time on our hands…time that sometimes reinforces our sense of isolation.  The very basis of our Anglican style Christian faith is Common Prayer.  Even though we are not able to be in the same space while we pray…we can still join together at regular times each day and pray together while still maintaining our necessary separation.  The forms I share are straight from our current Book of Common Prayer.

My hope is that each of you will join in these devotions at least once during the day…some will be able to do all four…but when we sit to pray at 9am, Noon, 6 pm, and 9 pm…we will know that others from SJP will be joining us while in their own location.  Let’s try it to see if we can overcome our personal sense of isolation.

Later I will share with you some expanded versions of these devotions that I use in my own daily prayer life.   But for now, praying these at regular times will help us stay together as a community of faith…as the family of God at SJP.

Also, by Monday I hope we will have our small groups…Bible Study groups, fellowship groups, Confirmation class…all up and running on online video conference calls on Zoom.  If you receive an Email inviting to join a meeting, simply click the link, register (you only have to do this once) and then click to join first by video and then also by audio.  You’ll be surprised by how well this works.

Stay safe and stay healthy, my friends.  It is a weird time…but we are in this together and will once again gather in our beautiful church to worship our gracious and loving God together again soon.

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