On Friday March 13, the St. John’s vestry voted to suspend worship services and normal parish operations until further notice due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Until further notice, our Sunday 10am Eucharist service and all meetings and events are suspended, including all services and events normally conducted by our on-site faith community partners and service groups.
As we practice this Lenten fast of public worship, this sign of our love for each other and our neighbors, each of us will be called to make changes, adjustments and difficult decisions. This decision was not an easy one, but it is something for which our ECMN Bishop Prior and our Presiding Bishop Curry have expressed their full support. St. Johns’ leadership is called to protect the health and wellbeing of our entire faith community, particularly the most vulnerable among us.
For now, all worship services, meetings and events will be suspended. Because we are committed to being a house of worship for you and for everyone, we offer these links for you to participate worship and prayer :
You can attend an online Episcopalian church services (audio only or audio/video). Click on the links below for the different services. If you are having problems, please call the office and leave a message for Alexis and she will help you get to virtual church.
- Daily Office:
Mon – Fri at 7:00 am & 9:00 am (CST); Friday Night Evensong at 8:00 pm (CST)
- St. Mark’s Cathedral Sunday Service (Minneapolis)
- National Cathedral live stream (Palm Sunday & Holy Week) and Past Services (Washington, D.C.)
- House of Prayer:
Click on the Facebook page for the Zoom Invitation to join weekly meditative prayer on Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
- Daily Office:
Going forward, we will provide additional resources for virtual worship and online meeting or teleconferencing so we can continue the business of the Church during this interim.
We will reassess conditions we hope to reopen soon. We are making decisions one day at a time, and we will approach each decision with the health of our community as our foremost priority.
The one thing that we know for sure is that God’s love is stronger, deeper and more life-giving than anything else that comes our way. The Psalmist reminds us that our help comes from the Lord, and that is what we cling to as we make our way through the world.
We encourage you to check your email, our website and our Facebook page for updated information. We also encourage you to check on your friends and neighbors, to be kind and generous of spirit and to rest in the assurances of God’s grace.
Blessings to you all,
Your Vestry, Sr. and Jr. Wardens and Resident Clergy
Prayer during a Pandemic
May we, who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we, who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.
May we, who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we, who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we, who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we, who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.
May we, who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home at all.
As fear grips our country, may we instead choose faith, hope, and love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, help us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Source: Mary Magdeline First Apostle Church of St. Cloud MN