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Rector's message: A call to a deeper relationship with God

by Bill Stanford on March 16, 2020

It is humbling to realize that nature can master us even more easily than we can master nature. COVID-19 is evidence of that.

 I think it’s significant that this crisis has arisen during Lent, a time when we reflect on our relationships with God, with each other, and with creation. What we do in response to this virus is for each other as well as ourselves. Responding to this virus means doing things differently rather than not doing anything.

 This includes doing church differently. Bishop Scott has invited us into a two week fast from public worship so that we as a Diocese may minimize contact that would endanger others.

 Our Diocese made an online service available last Sunday morning, March 15 at edfw.org and will continue to do so each Sunday we are unable to meet.

 St. Christopher’s is presently acquiring and putting in place similar technology in order to make our services available online beginning Sunday, March 22.

 Even more importantly, however, each baptized Christian is ordained and commissioned to pray, work, and give for the spread of God’s kingdom wherever we may find ourselves.

 During this time, prayerfully consider continuing St. Christopher’s mission by being a calm presence in the world and by continuing your pledge by mail or by using one of the online payment options available at www.stchrisfw.org.

While access to our buildings will be restricted during this crisis, access to God is never restricted. God is in the difficult and changing times as well as the good. Our call as God’s children is to invite the Divine to be with us, to dwell with us, to abide with us.

I invite you in this challenging time to observe a Lent you might not have imagined for yourself. To observe a Lent that finds you praying with your family, reaching out through old-fashioned phone calls, and determining what your prayer life looks like outside the church. In my own life, I know that times of challenge like this have always, with God’s constant help and my constant asking, resulted in rebirth, new understanding, and new journeys I never expected.

 Let us pray using the Prayer of Self-Dedication on page 832 of the Book of

 Common Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 Amen.

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