A letter from Fr. Allan
Dear St. Paul’s family and friends,
We want you to know that given the continued spread of COVID-19 through our communities, and at the direction of Bishop Mariann, all normal parish operations at St. Paul’s Church are canceled effective Thursday, March 12 through March 25. This means that we will not be gathering at the church for worship services, church meetings, or events during this time. Because of our cemetery operations, and ongoing projects on the Glebe, we cannot suspend all activities. In consultation with the diocese, we have worked out a modified schedule so at to limit the number of staff in the building at any given time.
The decision to close the churches was not taken lightly, but it was necessary. We know that it will be difficult not to be able to worship and being able to visit with each other on Sundays. We are working on ways to be connected to each other. The diocese is working on to meet via teleconference ( Zoom, Skype, and GoToMeeting), but we are not there yet. Please remember that the church is not the building. Because our church building closed does not mean that cease being the church. Whether we pray together in person or pray together apart, we are the body of Christ.
Bishop Mariann has invited all members of the diocese to be part of a virtual worship service at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22. Bishop Michael Curry will preach on March 15 and Bishop Mariann will preach on March 22. All Cathedral worship services can be accessed HERE or via www.cathedral.org, or on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update you as necessary. For now, let us all:
- Please keep all those impacted by COVID-19 in your prayers. Pray for their caregivers, and for healthcare workers who are at the frontline of this pandemic.
- Stay connected with each other by checking in regularly, and reaching out to those who are isolated or vulnerable. Please reach out to the people you know through church, your co-workers, neighbors, and others.
- Take good care of ourselves and continue to take the precautions that are necessary at this time. Be mindful to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and to seek medical care if you experience any symptoms.
- Remember that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8.39).
Let us keep each other in prayer and know that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.
It shall be well,
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 37-39
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