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It was hard to hear yesterday that we would be going into another lockdown, and for an entire month. 

 

It has been harder to hear of the devastating impact of the new variants of concern and the strain on our health care system.  We cannot help but hold in our thoughts and our hearts those who are suffering, those who are dying, and all caregivers and medical personnel who are dealing with stress and fatigue as they never have before.

 

Our response at the church:

 

We will be holding one service at 11 am on Sunday and will be live-streaming that service for everyone who wants to watch.  It will be happening in “real-time” this week.  We will be celebrating the Eucharist, and inviting those who cannot join us to celebrate spiritual communion.  This will be elaborated upon in the email on Saturday with the links you need.

 

Churches and other religious gatherings are allowing 15% capacity.  Those who have registered for Sunday’s services at our church will be individually emailed and told whether or not there is a seat for them, if they choose to attend. 

 

We will then go back to recording our services for the remainder of the month.

 

Never underestimate the power of prayer:

 

We have been fortunate in our little bubble of Port Perry with very low numbers and minimum increase with this latest wave.  We all know how precarious that reality is.

 

Let us remain steadfast in our prayers, even as we grow weary.  We are reminded of the power of prayer particularly on this Holy Friday.  Not only to bring our petitions to God, our deep desire for healing, strength, equitable resources and hope, but also to be honest about how weary we are, how worried we are, how much grief we hold for the suffering of our loved ones and neighbours.

 

May each of you know the deep and abiding peace of God through these challenging days.

 

Do not hesitate to reach out for support if needed.  Whether it is someone to pick up groceries for you, drive you to your vaccine appointment, listen to your concerns and worries or pray with and for you, please let us know.

 

Contact our priest, Ruthanne directly at:

[email protected]

Or

416-576-7480

 

A word of gratitude:

 

A really big word of thanksgiving and gratitude to the many people in this parish who are caring for others in various ways - whether in your own home and family, or for neighbours and friends, even strangers.  For those of you making phone calls to check in on others.  For those of you baking yummy muffins and lemon loaf (I hear it was spectacular!).  For Jack Roberts and others popping up at doorsteps (at a distance with a mask on, of course!).  For those of you who pray each day, naming the needs of our community as you find solace in God’s companionship. 

Thank you!