Dear St. Thomas’ Family,
These are very unusual times. Most of us alive today have not experienced what we are now experiencing with the coronavirus. The virus is easily transmitted, especially among large groups. This is why you are seeing large gatherings canceled. Officials are trying to take away opportunities for the virus to spread in order to contain it.
With this in mind, the Bishop has asked us to move our worship services online for the next two weeks. As a result, we will not hold in-person Sunday Services this week and next. After that period of time, we will reassess and see where we are.
I am in full support of the Bishop’s request. We need to protect our elderly and sick in this congregation and our area in general. This helps us carry out that charge.
We are also looking at the technological possibilities of having Morning and Evening Prayer every day as a part of our life together. This will give us time to hear from the Lord and pray for each other. The importance of maintaining our connection to the Author of Hope cannot be overstated. We will be in touch very soon with instructions on how to participate. Until then, follow all the CDC guidelines and, above all, work to protect our older and sicker citizens by denying yourself in love.
It is vital to understand something as we face what we are facing. Jesus Christ is no mere human teacher. He is Very God of Very God, begotten, not made. He is the Second Person of the Trinity, through Whom all things were made. Our Lord is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the Bread of Life. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. God spoke creation into existence. He appeared to Job as a whirlwind. He appeared to Isaiah as a Lord sitting on the throne with angels as attendants. He delivered the Israelites from bondage and orchestrated the nations to bring the exiles back to the Promised Land. All of creation, even its fallen aspects like this coronavirus, bow down to the Sovereign Lord of all. This very Lord is your Father who loves you. Let us never forget this.
If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to be in contact. God bless you today and always,
(the Rev’d) David Browder