Letter from Father Mike Regarding Liturgy Cancellation
March 13, 2020
Dear members and friends of St. Paul’s,
I hope you have heard the news that Bishop Hougland, after consultation with the Standing Committee has posted a letter to our parishes in which he encourages us to cancel our Eucharistic Liturgies for the remaining Sundays of March. In the letter he writes: “As People of God, it is our moral, civic, and spiritual obligation to care for one another by taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of this virus and continue to serve our communities with generosity, hope, and joy.”
Late last evening, I made the decision to cancel the liturgies for March 15.
This morning, after consulting electronically with the vestry, I have made the decision to cancel the liturgies for the remaining weeks of March as well. This includes both Thursdays and Sundays. It also includes our Lenten dinner gathering scheduled for March 17. Also, after speaking this morning with Elizabeth Sherman, we are cancelling the Feeding the Soul of the City concert scheduled for March 24.
I want to be available for pastoral calls, and home communion visits. It is my intention to be in the office next week on my usual days next week. You may remember that Linda and I are traveling to Alabama to meet our “still yet to be born grandson”. We are leaving early morning on March 24 and will return on March 30.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me with pastoral concerns. I will do my best to be in regular communication with you.
Please read the letter from our Bishop. He has invited us to join him for an online gathering for Morning Prayer on Sunday, March 15 at 10:30 am.
Friends, I will truly miss our Sunday gatherings in the weeks to come. You are dear to me, as you are dear to each other. May we all hold each other in love and prayer. May we know that we are held in the heart of our loving God.
In God’s Love and Peace,
Let Us Pray: O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.