My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop.  Recently the bishops of the province of Ontario made the decision, together, to suspend services and non-essential meetings until further notice.  They made this difficult decision in order to help the wider community remain as healthy as possible and to protect the most vulnerable members of the community. 

To be clear, we will not have services until further notice.  The situation will be reassessed as circumstances change.

The church is not shut down by this, but we will not be gathering in person.  I ask you to keep gathering, instead, by phone, by email, and by other electronic means.  Please check on each other, please have conversations with each other, please keep our fellowship going in whatever way you can.  It is important for us to continue to share our life together so that we can strengthen each other, support each other, and encourage each other in the face of uncertainty and fear.  This is one of the ways that God continues to work in the world and in our parish family.  On top of caring for each other, I remain available to offer pastoral care and visit, in person, by phone, and by email.  You can contact me at the church: 519-735-4921, at home: 519-956-8338, and by email: rlemon5@cogeco.ca.  I ask that you, please, let us know if you are or someone you know of is sick or in any need so that we can pray and offer care effectively.

 I also ask that you keep on praying.  Please set aside the time that you would normally spend at church to pray by yourself or with your family.  We are offering services online both on Wednesday and Sundays and we will be marking Holy Week online as well.  Please check our Online Worship link for the video services that are available.  While you are at home please make prayer an important part of your day.  We all have the time, so please spend some of it with God in prayer.  Please pray for our world, for those who are sick, for those who are providing care to the sick, for researchers who are seeking ways to mitigate the effects of this virus and other diseases, for our church family, and for your own family. 

 I also ask that you remain faithful.  We are not alone in this situation; God is working in the world to care for the whole of creation.  There is hope and there is a future and we can be assured of that because of the abundant love of God for us which was shown in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  God loves us passionately and God will not let us go.


Almighty God, who art afflicted in the afflictions of thy people: 

regard with tender compassion those in anxiety and distress;

bear their sorrows and their cares;

supply their manifold needs;

and help both them and us to put our whole trust and confidence in thee;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                                                                Prayer for those in anxiety – BCP

 

Yours in Christ,

Rob +