I am reaching out to assure you that the leadership and staff at St. John’s are working diligently to keep abreast of the rapidly changing events regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The clergy, wardens and vestry will meet this evening via telephone conference to discuss our next steps for how best to handle this health crisis, so that we can protect the health and well-being our of parish family, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus, and our neighbors in the greater Hartford community.
Tonight, we will be establishing a telephone tree, and our clergy and vestry members will begin calling every member of our faith community to keep in touch and to answer any questions or concerns. Margie and I will continue to address all pastoral concerns during this most challenging time of uncertainty. We will send out another email blast tomorrow to inform you of any new decisions and information that impacts our life at St. John’s.
As people of God, it is in times like these, when we are easily overwhelmed with fear and anxiety, that we take a break from all the news reports and remember that we are a faith community. Because we are grounded in the saving grace of Christ Jesus, we will weather this storm together. Be confident that we will meet whatever challenges come our way with love, grace, courage and compassion. Now is the perfect time to remember that we are also a people of prayer. It is in prayer that we find peace and reassurance that God is with us and will remain with us always.
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 747