BISHOP REEDS STATEMENT ON GEORGE FLOYD AND RACIAL VIOLENCE
June 4, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you.
These are the first words the risen Christ speaks to his disciples when he comes to them in the locked room on that first Easter night. The last they had seen of him, he was dying on the cross. But now, “Jesus came and stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this he showed them his hands and his side. … Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’” (John 20:19-21)
Peace be with you.
This is the Gospel we heard this past Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost. And we hear this wondrous, awe-inspiring Easter story on Pentecost because we are celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit - the ongoing presence of the living Christ and the very Breath of God. And in the next verses we are told, “when Jesus had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” (John 20:22-23)
And then he gives them his Spirit. Like God breathing into Adam and Eve at creation, Jesus breathes the Spirit of the new creation.
Peace be with you.
Within our longing to be together in church during this pandemic there is the longing for human connection, for human touch, for friendship. We want so much to gather at the Lord’s Table and to share the Peace that Jesus gives. As we start to regather while continuing to observe practices of social distancing, maybe after turning toward one another to wave or bow, we should turn outward and say to the community beyond our walls, “The Peace of the Lord be always with you.”
I can’t breathe.
Oh, my God. I heard Sunday’s Gospel, and all I could think of was the black child of God, George Floyd, his neck pinned to the pavement by the knee of a white Minneapolis policeman, with the life -the breath of God - being choked out of him until he was dead.
I heard “Peace be with you,” but what I saw was the almost casual execution of a hand-cuffed black man, spreading outward in spasms of violence, fear, and hatred and enveloping our beloved country.
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - JUNE 11 AT 10:00 AM VIA ZOOM
We are studying The Pastoral Letters (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) at our Thursday morning bible study. This week we will be looking in depth at 1 Timothy 6:11-21. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation.
What is Timothy told to flee from? What is he told to pursue? How does a person pursue these qualities?
- What spiritual struggles is Timothy going through? How similar to Timothy's are your struggles.
- If the Christian life is like a good fight, how are you doing: Still in training? Bobbing and weaving? Winded? Other?
- What is Paul saying to those who have plenty of money? (vs. 17-19)
- What kinds of "godless chatter" and "false knowledge" do Christians need to turn away from today? Which do you need to be especially cautious of?
Join us next Thursday (June 4) at 10:00 a.m. Here is the link you will need: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83322341114
. You can also call in: (346) 248- 7799 Meeting ID: 833 2234 1114
IN PERSON WORSHIP RESUMED ON JUNE 7
We began in-person worship this past Sunday, June 7 with one service at 9 a.m in the sanctuary. We will alternate between Rite 1 (no music) and Rite 2 (with Music). This Sunday June 14 will be Rite 2. Our goal is to move to two services as soon as possible. Please be aware that we will adjust this date or consider re-closing, based on community spread of COVID-19. While it is exciting that the restrictions are being lifted, we do not want to be lulled into a false sense of security.
We have taken every effort to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19, however we can not eliminate the risk. If you choose to attend in-person worship - you risk exposure to the virus. If you are in the "most vulnerable" category, feel sick, or simply don't feel comfortable worshiping in a confined space with other people, we will live stream the service via YouTube so you can participate in the service remotely in real time.
Live stream is also the perfect opportunity to invite your friends and family around the country to participate in our worship service.
Click here to review the guidelines
Click here to watch last Sunday's service
FLOWERS TO ADORN OUR ALTAR AGAIN - DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED.
We are having flowers again for our Sunday Services.
Thank you for donating flowers for our services. They brighten the sanctuary and add beauty to our worship.
If you would like to donate flowers there is a sign up sheet in the narthex or you can click here
to order online. The cost is $30. People often donate them in celebration of birthdays and anniversaries or to remember loved ones. Or sometimes just because.
We are not able to take them into the community as we usually do at this time. If you have donated them for the week please take them home to enjoy. The altar guild will bring them to the Narthex after the service. In the future when we go to two Sunday services they will go to the narthex after the later service.
If you have any questions contact Gera Chestnutt.