This week in my telephone calls, virtual conversations and emails, I’m hearing many feelings arise as we realize the extent of the pandemic and the length of time we may be practicing social distance and self-isolation. This has put us in a new place as church, but we are still church. Since I cannot visit people, or see you in worship, or in other activities, I am relying on a different kind of presence in a new way. That is the presence of prayer. It is prayer as the practice of the presence of God, as Brother Lawrence put it centuries ago. This is not a new discipline, but it is coming into high relief as a way of staying close to everyone. I may not be able to be present physically, but I am staying present to you in prayer, and relying on the presence of God with us in all that we are experiencing right now. I encourage you to reach out to each other in whatever ways you have available, whether telephone, or email, or social media. In February, before we were experiencing the pandemic, I had thought of leaving Facebook altogether. I’m so glad I didn’t, and so glad we’ve been able to have church services that way.
Thanks to the tech team at St. Paul, Howard Blazzard, Joel Maxwell and Anne Wheeler, we’ve been able to livestream worship on Facebook on Sunday, as well as Microsoft Teams–a virtual platform that allows us to listen and interact. Anne Wheeler is sending those links each week before worship and in the FYI. We are using Facebook Live for Morning Prayer on Wednesdays. Bible Study has gone to a virtual Zoom platform so that we can interact. If you want to worship with us, just sign-up on this webpage for the weekly St. Paul FYI. If you want to join bible study, you can find the link below, or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can write or call us at anytime. Anne Wheeler is monitoring all the office mails and phone calls. You can reach me at pastor@stpaulcapeann or call. We have been reaching out every day by telephone, checking in with people. This is a new way of life for us, but we are still church. If you would like to talk with me through Zoom or Facetime or Messenger, I am happy to arrange that.
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