Dear Messiah Lutheran and St. Stephen’s Episcopal family,
Thank you for continuing to be Messiah Lutheran and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Churches amidst the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. For the love of our neighbor, in this pandemic we must refrain from meeting together so as to not knowingly or unknowingly share this virus. It is difficult not being together for worship, ministry and faith formation, but it is necessary for everyone’s health and well-being in the community. This time is calling forth the best of our God-given creativity, ingenuity, and love for one another. I am proud of the way both congregations have adapted their ministries, both online and in-person, to serve persons in need within the guidelines for safe distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. I continue to see resurrection moments amidst this illness—meals are still being distributed and lay leaders of both congregations continue to find ways to nurture our faith through electronic media. With God, we will continue to move forward and be the congregations that God is calling forth into the world.
Peace be with you always,
Life Line Screening Rescheduled for August 5th
The information in your April Messengers has since been updated: due to the spread of COVID-19, the Lifeline Screening previously scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd has been moved to Wednesday, August 5th. We apologize for the confusion.
No Habitat Work Day
Due to the spread of COVID-19, we will not be participating in the Habitat Work Day on April 4th. We are asking all our parishioners to stay home and stay safe! This does not mean you cannot find ways to help those in need. Now is a time to reach out through letters, phone calls, and over the internet. And of course, you can still give donations and prayers. May we use this time of separation to draw nearer to God, and to connect to each other in new and deeper ways.
WE PRAY FOR PEACE
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
11Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Lord, in this time of anxiety and enforced solitude, we ask you to speak to us and make us new. Teach us again to love each other as you have loved us. Make us aware of your holy Spirit at work in us, so that we may take joy in each other’s joy, mourn with those who mourn, and be at peace with our brothers and sisters at home and all over the world. We are your children—born to care for your creation, baptized with your Spirit, and redeemed by the life, death, and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.