Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings, and may the peace of Christ be with you all. Although we recognize that our various levels of government have suggested gatherings of fewer than 10–and some states are beginning to mandate shelter in place–know that St. Luke will continue our scheduled services for Sunday, March 22 and next week, for those who wish to attend. However, as I have stated in previous emails, I still urge all of you to be mindful of the health and welfare of yourself and your loved ones.
While other jurisdictions of the Anglican Intercommunion are
suspending services for the next two weeks, Archbishop Haverland has
urged ACC clergy to keep our parishes open as long as possible. We feel
that the Church should not shutter its doors, especially
during dire times like this, but continue to provide spiritual comfort
in our ministry of Word and Sacrament. I think it is still prudent that
Adult Forum and Coffee Hour remain cancelled to help minimize any
chances of transmission, but we need to keep the
faith and unity of the Body in prayer and worship.
Again, remember that, when receiving Communion, I leave it up to each of you if you wish to receive by intinction or the Sacred Host only. Both of these alternatives are valid.
Also, if you would like to receive Communion at home, please feel to call or email me to make arrangements. I will make every endeavor to see you at a time that is convenient for you if you would prefer not to leave your home. The same applies to hospitals, rehab facilities, assisted living, and nursing homes in case of an emergency. These are normally closed to visitors, but clergy can be given access in extremis. I want to leave you with these words from Our Lord Jesus: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Christ has conquered all. He defeated the world, death, and the Devil, and He is sovereign over our present circumstances, as well. We can always trust in His strength, love, and mercy.