We are going to try to, as Bishop Nichols suggests, “reimagine how we ‘do church’.” We, as a small parish are not technologically set as some larger parishes are, but we are going to, starting this Sunday, record and broadcast in several venues a short (10-minute) ‘Virtual Grace‘ worship. Prayers, Scripture, a short meditation, maybe even a hymn or two. Though we cant commune together as we would normally wish, there are other ways of staying together as a ‘communion’ of the faithful.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter will take a lot of creativity!

Fr. Ed

Message From Bishop Kevin: Call to Suspend Worship Through Easter

Dear people of God,

After careful consideration of the advice given by government and healthcare professionals, as well as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other local bishops and faith leaders, I am compelled to call upon all churches in the diocese to continue to suspend in-person gatherings of any size, including worship, through Holy Week and Easter at the earliest (April 12, 2020).

Holy Week and Easter are central to our Christian faith. To not gather to commemorate Christ’s triumphant entrance into
Jerusalem, the last supper where he instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood, his condemnation and tragic death on the cross, and his conquering of death and rising to new life-this will be an immense sacrifice. However, it also offers us an opportunity to reimagine how we “do church,” to expand the various ways we can gather together, even as we are physically separated.

Sadly, we must remain physically distant from one another now, as it is distance that minimizes the risk of illness and helps to preserve, not only our own health, but especially the health of the most vulnerable in our communities.  Rest assured that this distance need not lead to isolation and loneliness… I encourage you to reach out in love to others who may be struggling, and to reach out for help when you are struggling yourself…

My confidence is that we will emerge from this time of sacrifice with deepened love for one another, and for Christ who
died for us, and rose again.

In God’s love,

Bishop of Bethlehem

Read the full message on the diocesan website.