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Reminder: we will not be having services Sunday, March 22 because of the coronavirus. Since I spoke with you last Friday, Bishop Rob notified clergy that we should not have services at our churches until further notice. I will be on a conference call with him late next week and may get a sense of the possible timeline. I will update you in next week's phone call.
Book of Common Prayer – you might have one at home, or you can find one online here
Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta
National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
For Our Community:
Something that I want us to do together starting on Monday: I want us to stop whatever we are doing at noon and take time to pray together as a community Matthew 18:20 “Jesus tells us where two or three are gathered in my name I am there among them”. Despite our physical separation, we will be gathered in his name
Pray for all those affected by this: caregiver, medical personnel, researchers, our leaders, and for each other
I also urge you to get on the phone and call someone inside the church and outside the church and check in on them. What better way, what better time than now to live into our mission statement “ to care for our own in every generation, and to tend to our neighbors as ourselves.”
Something we haven’t thought much about - if you can, please mail pledges and offering to the church - services may be on hiatus but our expenses aren’t. We want to emerge from this crisis and hit the ground running. Please send your offering to the post office address because it's safer: P.O. Box 102, Conyers, 30012
Brothers and Sisters,
I wanted you to know that after much consideration, conversation, and prayer, I have decided to cancel our services on Sunday March 15 and Sunday March 22 because of concerns related to the coronavirus/COVID-19.
I do this out of an abundance of caution for our members and others who come through our doors.
During this period of time, we will not have classes, book groups, choir practice or any other church-related activity.
In the interim, I invite you to watch the live streaming services from the National Cathedral on Sunday, at 11:15 a.m. or from The Cathedral of St. Philip at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Clergy will be present in both Cathedrals but congregants will attend by live streaming. If technology is not for you, pick up your BCP and say Morning Prayer with your family.
I encourage you to check in by telephone with each other during the week. I will also be making calls. If you need me, you have my cell number from the back of Sunday bulletins.
We often speak of Lent as our wilderness season. Let us handle this wilderness before us as faithfully as we know how. Let us pray for those affected by this virus and for those who care for them, for the healthcare providers and researchers, and for our leaders. Goodness, we all need prayers at this time. I will pray for you; pray for me and for us all as we navigate this challenging time.
We gathered your many responses to our questions posed this year about your dreams, your visions, and your hopes for St. Simon's. We consolidated the many slips of paper and distilled it to our new statement. "St. Simon's is called to care for our own in every generation and to tend to our neighbors as ourselves." Memorize it; pray about it. Now that we know our purpose, how will we live into it as a community in the year ahead?