Rector's Message Friday, 27 March 2020

MESSIAH UPDATE MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

Friday, 27 March 2020

 

 

Dear Friends:

 

In conversation with a parishioner a couple of days back, she relayed a story about a neighbor who commented that perhaps this virus' forced slow-down of our world's usual hustle and bustle may be God's unique way of telling humanity to hit the reset button.

 

Over the course of the last day or two, this comment has stayed with me and I have found myself reflecting on it. It occurs to me that this is a perfect image of the Lenten theme: Repent, and return to the Lord. Each year, the Church invites us to the observance of "a holy Lent, by self examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." In all these ways, we are encouraged for forty days to slow down, draw apart, and "hit the reset button" in our relationship with Christ.

 

My hope for all of us is that, in the midst of this troubling and anxious and unprecedented time, we may each still make a space for a holy Lent, find time to hit the reset button in the many aspects of our life, and prepare ourselves to greet the joy of Easter as new creations in a renewed union with God our Father and Jesus our brother. 

 

Please make it a point to consult the church website (messiahgwynedd.org) on a regular basis. There you will find the latest updates, worship resources, a weekly sermon and Lenten reflection, and other important information.

 

From my previous message, you know that, in compliance with our Bishop's directive, all church services and events are suspended until Monday, May 4th. As plans evolve and develop, which they will surely do, I will make sure to keep you updated as best I can. I ask for your patience and understanding. Indeed, patience and understanding are great gifts we can give ourselves, our family and friends, medical personnel, grocery and store clerks and all other essential personnel who continue to minister to our needs. Let us be kind with ourselves and with one another.

 

Stay safe! Keep your distance! Stay home whenever possible! Wash your hands! Say your prayers! Give thanks for the wonder and glory of each new day!

 

In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ,

and our God who wants only health and wholeness for his children,

I send you blessings, peace and grace in these uncertain, confusing and anxious times.

- Keith

 

- Keith

 

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STAFF ACCESS & THE RECTOR'S

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

For safety and health reasons, all church staff members have been instructed to work from home until restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to reopen the church office. When possible, I intend to be in my church office each day between 9:00am and 1:00pm. During this time, I will answer the office phone (215-699-9204) and reply to phone and email messages (please use my email as opposed to the general office email address: (rector@messiahgwynedd.org).

 

IN THE EVENT OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE CONTACT ME BY USING MY PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER (215-692-2667).

 

PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR PLEDGE

While Sunday church services and parish events are suspended, the bills still arrive and must be paid. We will be most grateful if you would remember to drop off your church pledge during the office hours listed above, or send your payment to: Church of the Messiah, 1001 DeKalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002-1941.

 

Thank you to those of you who have submitted your pledge! We are most grateful!


MORE PARISH EVENT CANCELLATIONS

In addition to Sunday and Holy Week worship services, the following parish-sponsored events have been cancelled:

  • LifeLine Screening, April 1st

  • Red Cross Blood Mobile, April 6th*

*Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the nation's blood supply has been severely depleted. If you are able to donate blood, please contact the Red Cross directly to make arrangements to give.

  • Eucharist at Brittany Pointe, April 14th

  • Vestry meeting, April 20th

  • Eucharist at Meadowood, April 26th

  • Annual Parish Meeting, May 3rd​

A PRAYER FROM ST. AUGUSTINE'S PRAYER BOOK

 

Just For Today

     Lord, for tomorrow and its needs,

          I do not pray;

     Keep me, my God, from stain of sin

          Just for today.

     Let me both diligently work,

          And dutifully pray.

     Let me be kind in word and deed,

          Just for today.

     Let me be slow to do my will,

          Prompt to obey;

     Help me to sacrifice myself

          Just for today.

     And if today my tide of life

          Should ebb away,

     Give me the Sacraments divine,

          Sweet Lord, today. 

     So for tomorrow and its needs

          I do not pray,

     But keep me, guide me, love me, Lord,

          Just for today.

     Amen.

 

 

WORDS OF COMFORT & PRAISE FROM THE PSALMS

May God be merciful to us and bless us, *

show us the light of his countenance and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth, *

your saving health among all nations.

Let your peoples praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide all the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has brought forth her increase; *

may God, our own God, give us his blessing.

May God give us his blessing, *

and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

Psalm 67, Book of Common Prayer

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