St. Peter’s Morning Prayers During Covid-19 #episcopal #anglican #Coronavirus #Covid19

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Social distancing is something that is smart in the crisis of Coronavirus/Covid-19. This morning my church decided not to gather in person but offered morning prayer online via YouTube as a way to keep our community connected during this season of Lent. Many houses of worship do this on a regular basis but for my church, this was something new and different. Typically we have music and communion that goes along with our mass but it was OK to forego those elements for a time.

Hopefully, we will be back together sometime during Holy Week and other things will return to normal as possible.

Maundy Thursday, A Time Of Humility and Reflection

Maundy Thursday is the day Christians remember Jesus gathered with the disciples in an upper room where he washed their feet and shared a meal with them the night before his trial and crucifixion. It’s a time of humility and reflection as well.

So Now I Am On The Vestry

Today I was elected by my fellow parishioners at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to serve on the Vestry class of 2019. The Vestry is the servant/leadership body of the local parish. I would like to thank all my fellow parishioners for their faith and confidence in me to serve/lead in our terrific church. I am excited to be elected/chosen and to serve with Cassandra Lynch, Kim Kilgore and Anne Kearney Spratt who were also elected today. Thanks to Fr. Quinn Parman for his continued leadership as our Priest/Rector.

Another Reunion: Former Church Friends

Tonight I went to a gathering of folks who once belonged to the same church. We all have a shared experience in that place where we once worshiped and had fellowship. Church is a place of spiritual expression and faith so when one must leave a place of worship there are reasons why and that sometimes you have to change. I have done this more than on one occasion in my life and its never easy.

Sometimes you leave because of theological or philosophical reasons, those are tough. Leaving means you have to relocate because of life’s calling to live and work in another community. Some churches will hold homecoming observances that brings former members back for a special worship service. I haven’t been to one in quite some time. Reuniting is good when there is friendship and camaraderie outside the walls of the church house. In tonight’s gathering there was good food, conversation and more.

Leaving means finding yourself in a place where you can find yourself.