E-Newsletter for Sunday, March 15, 2020

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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
 

Dear *|FNAME|*

This Sunday, the Third Sunday in Lent, marks that we are almost halfway through our Lenten journey. 

It's often helpful, at this point in the season, to re-assess how your Lent is going. At the beginning of the Season, we are invited to observe these forty days "by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word."

As you seek to live a slightly more austere life in this season, giving up delights you otherwise enjoy, perhaps you have become more aware of your weakness. The struggle to keep a Lenten discipline should not be seen as a reason for sorrow or a sense of failure. Rather, it should be seen as an opportunity to lean ever more fully on God's grace… and tomorrow to try to hold the discipline once more. Even if you fail over and over again, you will have practiced turning from your failure back into the loving arms of God. 

I'm also aware that this year's Lenten journey is increasingly made more difficult by the spread of infectious disease—particularly the Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. I would encourage you to make good decisions for yourself, your family, and your loved ones. If you are not sick or immune-compromised, you should not feel the need to worry about attending worship and engaging fully in the practices of Lenten formation. Just wash your hands regularly with soap and water, be mindful of touching your face, and practice other aspects of good public health. 

If you are sick, immune-compromised, unable to attend worship… or if anxiety surrounding this particular disease is just overwhelming you, know that there are options for you to remain connected to your church family. 
  • The parish YouTube page posts each Sunday's sermon.
  • The parish Facebook Members Group is a private group, with membership only granted upon request to members of our parish. This is a great resource to reach out to your parish family when you need something and yet not have to publicize it all over Facebook or other social media platforms. 
  • You can also say your prayers online at the St. Bede's Breviary or on your mobile device with Daily Prayer in the Forward Movement App.
We are also reminded at the beginning of Lent of our own mortality, that life is short and at some time our mortal body will lie in the dust. In times of sickness and infectious disease, the reality of mortality becomes all the more apparent. Along with that, though, is the opportunity to renew our faith in Christ and our belief that nothing—not even death—will ever separate us from God's love.

I hope that as your Lenten journey continues, you find more ways to enter ever more deeply into God's love in the days ahead. That, after all, is where true peace is found. 

Through Grace,

 

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