Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:35, 38-39
I miss you. I miss you every day. This is a terrible time, saints, but we were made for this. We are called to be people of strength, joy, hope, faith, and, above all, love despite all that is going on around us. This is a beautiful burden. Be joyful when the world cannot be. Shall this dreaded disease separate us from God or from each other? No. This is a time to love like we have never loved before. Patience, mercy, and forbearance have always been called for in the life of the disciple, now all the more. We will get through this together.
We are an Easter people waiting for an Easter miracle, but prudently planning for our full complement of Holy Week and Easter service, online. We have had to learn on-the-fly how to bring virtual church into your homes every Sunday. The learning curve is steep, but we are committed to doing every single thing we can to keep you informed, and more importantly in contact with each other and with Christ Church. The actual schedule for Holy Week and Easter will be published in short order. Look for it soon on the website and on Facebook.
We have made good progress in our exercise to call each and every individual and family of Christ Church. It’s just that that list is long, thanks be to God! If you get a call from a number that you don’t recognize, it just might be from us! Keep in mind that more than 30 people are calling. And while I’m talking about calling, call your fellow parishioners, call your friends, call your neighbors, call your long-lost great-aunt Mabel and see how she is doing!
Remember, saints, if you are afraid, that’s ok; we will be strong for you. If you are angry, that’s ok; I will be happy for you. If you are lonely, call us. If you get sick, let us know so that we can be praying for you, and as soon as we may, we will run to your side.
Remember those who are on the front lines, doctors, nurses, and all the other medical professionals, the first responders, the scientists who looking for a cure or a vaccine, and pray for our leaders who have to make difficult decisions for us all.
My last prayer today is for those who have, or will be, financially impacted by this catastrophe. We are praying for you, even as we pray for our Church. We have kept our pledge to our mission partners to continue to support those ministries… like BEAM, Mission House, and the Sulzbacher Center, among others, as long as we can. If you are still able to honor your pledge to Christ Church, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you are not able to do so right now, I understand and still offer you my thanks for your good intention. We will get through this together.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither the coronavirus, neither a frightened economy, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May every good blessing by yours,
Father Tom Reeder