|This Sunday, join us for our pre-recorded Virtual Morning Prayer Service which can be viewed at anytime AND our Live Coffee Hour from 8:45am – 10:00am. Details follow below…|
|Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,|
I don’t remember a more beautiful spring. Our flowering trees have been magnificent, the bluebells so abundant in the woods and along streams, the redbud and lilacs now opening to the sun. The Dominican monk and mystic known as Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever said were thank you, that would be enough.”
This is our present moment: beauty for which the only response can be praise, and an illness passing over the land like a dark shadow. It seems the home God has given us has been telling us for quite a few years that we are not being the good stewards God has asked us to be. The question is: how can things be different? Fires in the western United States and all over the continent of Australia, floods in the mountains of West Virginia where mountain top removal mining has dumped waste into the creeks that usually carry rainfall, a plague that has spread to nearly every country in the world, swarming locusts covering many miles in Africa, the bees that fertilize our crops dying off, oceans clogged with islands of plastic, the ice caps that keep those oceans in balance melting: these are all problems that are dangerous, but which scientists say can change if humans change their behavior.
As we face the problems that, in many instances, our miss-use and over-use of resources have caused, let us look to the gracious God who has given us what Eucharistic prayer C calls “our Island home…this fragile earth,” remembering that it is by God’s will it “was created, and has its being.” Let us ask for wisdom to effective remediation and conservation of what God has given us. Again and again, God has called us to return.
Let us in this holy season that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord, seek guidance for ways to resurrect the suffering parts of our planet.
Let us go forth in faith, live in hope, and work to care for our island home, knowing that in the blood of Jesus, we are reconciled, and by his wounds, we are healed.
We will be hosting a Live Virtual Coffee hour on-line via Zoom this Sunday from 8:45 am – 10:00 am. You may join at anytime and stay for as long as you like during the session. This is a live meeting, therefore we are taking safety precautions and will be using the “waiting room.” Please contact Laura Harrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to join.
You can view the Virtual Worship Service at anytime and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).
ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).
THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print a copy of the sermon, please click HERE.
USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, April 19th.