Thank you for your prayers and input over the last few weeks. Fr. Ben and I, along with the Staff and Vestry, have discussed and discerned how best to adapt to the long term reality of Covid among us.
After 21 weeks of worshiping on Zoom, we are set to begin a shift on Sunday August 16th with our first outdoor, all-church, socially distanced gathering at the Spirit of Joy building at 11:15am. You can find more details of that here.
Additionally, on Sunday August 23rd, we shift our liturgy to in-person outdoor micro-gatherings. These will be smaller, in-person gatherings at various homes around the Indianapolis area. You’ll need to sign up for these gatherings. Watch for more info about these coming soon.
As with all decisions made during this time we consider our plans going forward as tentative and will adjust and adapt as needed going forward.
I invite you to continue to pray for us as we discern together, and join me in prayer for an end to this pandemic:
God of Mercy and Grace,
You have called us from the east and from the west, from the south and from the north to be your body in this world. Keep us connected through you even in our physical distance.
We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.
We pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and for the family and medical staff who surround them in care.
We pray for those who are most vulnerable to this disease, whether from underlying health conditions or other contributing factors. May they rest in your peace and protection.
We pray for healthcare workers and people on the front lines of this disease. For workers who are in essential roles to keep our communities going. Keep them healthy; keep them safe.
We pray for parents and children who are struggling with this new normal of homeschool, especially those who rely on school meal programs. We pray for everyone struggling with these rapid changes. May we be comforted by your peace and your presence.
We pray for people who face hate and discrimination brought on by fear and anger. May these your beloved children feel your embrace.
We pray for those whose actions are motivated by fear and anger. May they remember that you are a God of abundance.
We pray for our leaders. May they be guided by your wisdom. May they be courageous and make the bold decisions necessary to end this pandemic.
And we pray for all the advocates and the volunteers who are responding to your call to care for the people who are most vulnerable in our communities and around the world. Give them endurance. Stir them with your longing for justice. May they be comforted and moved by your Holy Spirit.
It is in the strong name of Jesus that we do pray. Amen.
(Prayer taken from Bread for the World: https://www.bread.org/blog/prayer-healing-covid-19)