Dear St. Francis Family and Friends,
As we move into the second Sunday of what one colleague is calling “The Season of Sheltering,” social responsibility still prevents us from gathering on Sunday in our Sanctuary. Yet, our bond of love as Children of God and the Body of Christ continues to allow our souls to unite, across time and distance, to join with one another in worship, prayer, and praise. The most recent policy expressed by Bishop Waldo is that all churches in the Diocese are to remain closed through the end of April. At St. Francis, we will continue to work on improving our online presence and offering … albeit with the unexpected problems when one is moving into new territory. There were multiple equipment issues in getting this week’s recording, but through the diligent work of Joseph, we do have a product for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (or the Second Sunday of Sheltering).
To that end, here is a link to online worship options provided by our own Washington National Cathedral, including daily and Sunday services. In addition, here is a link to a video in our own Sanctuary, recorded Saturday morning, containing a reading of the Gospel for March 29, 2020, my sermon on the same, and the Prayers of the People including the names of all who are on our prayer lists.
As all of us experience the challenges and threats of the COVID-19 virus and make necessary changes in our daily lives, we all must adjust and adapt. Please let us all hold one another in prayer, be particularly aware of the different ways in which life is being impacted for each of us, help one another as we are able, and remain loving and faithful.
May all be for the Glory of God.
God is good … all the time!