Kate's March 12 Pastoral Letter to the Parish
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Dear Christ’s Church Family and Friends,
There is no more important time for a household of faith to embody our love for one another than when we are confronted by uncertainty and fear. Our cherished community has been tested before, during national emergencies and natural disasters, and we came together in love and shared concern. Let us do the same now.
The wardens, vestry, staff and clergy of Christ’s Church have as our number one priority the well-being of our parishioners and neighbors, particularly those at heightened risk. As we continue to learn more about the spread of this virus, I implore you to resist panic even as you err on the side of caution.
Over the coming days, Christ’s Church will share resources for prayer along with any updates on our regularly scheduled services and programs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or another member of Christ’s Church staff or vestry if you are in need of help or support. Some of you are already taking the lead on collecting food and supplies to provide to individuals at risk and our church will help facilitate such efforts. With God’s help, we will take care of each other and get through this together.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, you journeyed throughout Galilee proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people (Matthew 4:23). At your word, the sick and the forsaken were restored to health and wholeness.
Come to our aid during this current public health crisis that we may know your life-giving love. Heal those who are sick with COVID-19 and restore their strength through quality medical care.
Ease our fears that we may share resources rather than hoard them and extend a helping hand to those in jeopardy.
Take from us the sin of pride that can lead to the spread of false information and delusions of invulnerability.
Receive into the arms of your mercy those who have died from this disease.
Defend the vulnerable from illness and despair.
Shield first responders and health care professionals who put themselves at risk to help those affected.
Give to the leaders of all nations wisdom to take right actions and invest in long-term solutions for this and future outbreaks.
Inspire all of us to assist those experiencing food and financial insecurity and who may have trouble accessing shelter and proper medical care.
Above all, dear Lord, please be with us, stay with us, during this time of anxiety, uncertainty and grief.
Give us an awareness of your presence as we prepare and adapt, endure and console, pray and provide.
In place of our stress and our worry, grant us your peace.
Blessings and love,