A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE RECTOR 3/27/20 5 PM CDT
It’s been far too long since we’ve seen each other in person! As we finish another week of distance living and sheltering in place, I hope you remain safe and healthy.
If ever I have been inspired by being a part of Saint Michael, this was the week. I have received countless notes from members who have shifted their ministries in new ways. Some are making calls to those who live alone, some are baking bread for their neighbors, and one family has decorated their front windows and sidewalks with rainbows and messages about God’s love for all those who walk by. The human spirit is amazing, and with God’s help, I have seen love shared in some very creative ways.
Even though we have been away from our offices physically, the work of our church has shifted to the digital world with great enthusiasm. This Sunday, we continue to worship live from our church. Last week, our worship was a gift to thousands, and we mean to continue that gift this Sunday and every Sunday until we are able to gather together physically again. If you haven’t joined us yet, please click here to download our worship bulletins (with music so you can sing along!) and to watch our services live and on demand.
In addition to digital worship, we have begun to create digital formation content for all ages. Each week, our Children and Family Ministry team will post videos that guide our youngest members through bible lessons (this week, it’s the story of Zacchaeus!). Our Youth Ministry team will be on Facebook and Instagram Live on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for Sunday school and on Zoom on Sunday evenings for youth group (4-5 p.m. for middle school and 5:30-7 p.m. for high school). There is also a video from Fr. Eric up now about Adult Formation that explains we are working on obtaining and posting videos for Our Story and the Class for Parents. Plus, there is a lot of other content available on the media page of our web site, including videos of my weekly Bible study on Genesis.
For those of you who are feeling the weight of separation, please know that our prayers continue for you every single day. As you have prayer requests or needs, please let us know.
None of this can happen without your continued support, and we are working to make that support easier to give! Your giving keeps our ministries alive in the community and in your home. Giving online is easy, and new this week, you may text the word “give” to 855-703-9385 and use our secure platform to make donations during online worship or anytime you feel moved to give. Our work inside and outside our faith community is needed now more than ever, and you make that happen.
In this ever-changing world, we are not alone for we live with Christ in our hearts. God’s love is with us every day, lifting us up when we fall and helping us find joy and hope in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. May you be blessed today and every day to come.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata