Don't take Sunday off. Worship with thousands of Episcopalians by joining a live stream video coverage at the National Cathedral.
Additionally each Sunday the preacher for St James the Less will offer a bible study. This Sunday I will send out an all parish email bible study and meditation.
On Sunday, March 22, Rev. Tommy will offer a Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. through WebX video/ phone call. This technology through Rush Hospital will allow many many parishioners to gather at one time by phone or on their computers with Tommy and enjoy a bible study together.
On Sunday, March 29, one of the newest priests in our diocese, The Rev. Shawn Evelyn, will also conduct a WebX bible study on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
The Parish Staff and I are still working our normal hours. I am available for pastoral visits and calls.
Vestry Staff and I will be considering ways to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. We want your thoughts and ideas.
Don't Neglect Care for Your Neighbors Who are Homebound, in Retirement Communities, and Nursing Facilities.
Each of us have a sphere of influence; people we know very well and people we do not know well but are in our acquaintance. Spend some time recalling people you know who might be shut in. The isolation is harsh on us especially when we are elderly.
The National Cathedral is closed for the next couple of weeks due to the Coronavirus. However, they will be livestreaming the 11:15 a.m. service this coming Sunday. Click below to go to the livestream.
In this time when we are all affected by the coronavirus, whether directly or indirectly, whether physically, biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and for many economically, it may be helpful to remember that we’re in this together.
In an effort to keep parishioners safe from the Coronavirus I am making some shifts to our plans for communion. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, and Bishop Lee both sent out communication explaining that research indicates that most germs are passed at communion through intinction. I know that sounds surprising. But most of the germs we don’t want to passed live on our hands and fingers. Therefore, it is best to simply practice taking communion in one kind, bread only. Both bishops site very old church teaching that explains that the full gift of communion can be received through a single element.
Other precautions for the safety of our community include hand sanitizer bottles placed around the church. You can help by washing your hands when you enter the building. Tommy and I will use hand sanitizer before we hand out the bread. And during the peace parishioners will be encouraged to smile or make other gestures of good will toward each other instead of shaking hands.