LOVE IN TIMES OF THE CORONAVIRUS

In the last several weeks we have made a number of adjustments to our normal mode of operating in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some were prompted by directives from our bishop or state or federal authorities. Others were common sense decisions designed to attenuate the risk of spreading or exposing our congregation and community to the COVID-19 virus. Taking precautions and reducing the risk of illness in our community and congregation is more than common sense. It is a matter of loving our neighbors and loving ourselves. Here is the current state of our response:

  • Our worship services will be virtual. We will stream our Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdepiscopallc/).
  • Copies of the basic Morning Prayer Order of Worship from the Book of Common Prayer are enclosed in this mailing. The readings for the next two Sundays are also included.
  • We will stream Compline each evening at 8 p.m. on our Facebook page. Copies of the service from the Book of Common Prayer also are enclosed.
  • All church events, activities, and live worship services have been suspended at least through March 29. 12-step programs continue observing social space with 10 people.
  • The church office will remain closed at least through March 29. Do not hesitate to call the office and, if necessary, leave a message. We will respond as promptly as possible.
  • We have established the Good Shepherd Neighborhood Phone TREE to enable us to remain in contact and to respond to pastoral and other needs as they arise.
  • We are encouraging everyone to self-quarantine, if at all possible. This is especially important for persons in high-risk categories (g., over age 60 or with history of diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, or those who are immune compromised).
  • We are reminding everyone to:
  • Wash our hands before and after contact with other persons or sources of disease, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. In the absence of soap or hot water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Cover our mouths when we cough, preferably into a tissue or in the crook of our elbow to avoid contaminating our hands (even if we do not even suspect we might be sick).
  • See our doctors for appropriate testing and treatment if we exhibit symptoms of the flu (g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) or seek immediate care or go to the emergency room if we experience difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, blush lips or face, or new confusion or inability to arouse. Do not wait. And, of course, follow our doctor’s advice and instructions.
  • Get a flu shot. It’s not too late. Do not panic. Stay informed. Be smart. Use common sense. Consult the CDC website for more information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
  • Pray for those who are ill or otherwise affected and that we might be spared serious impact from COVID-19.
  • Remember that everything we do is to the glory of God. Everything!
  • Let us stay connected and care for one another.
  • Know that you are loved.

Jo+ and Jim+

Dive

The long awaited rains Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground And carved their way to where The wild and rushing river can be found.

And like the rains I have been carried here to where the river flows, yeah My heart is racing and my knees are weak as I walk to the edge I know there is no turning back once my feet have left the ledge.

And in the rush I hear a voice That’s telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith So here I go.

Chorus:I’m diving in, I’m going deep in over my head I want to be Caught in the rush lost in the flow in over my head I want to go The rivers deep the rivers wide the rivers water is alive So sink or swim I’m diving in.

 

There is a supernatural power In this mighty rivers flow It can bring the dead to life And it can fill an empty soul And give a heart the only thing Worth living and worth dying for, yeah But we will never know the awesome power of the grace of God.

Until we let ourselves get swept away into this holy flood So if you’ll take my hand We’ll close our eyes and count to three And take the leap of faith, come on let’s go…

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