Our friends at ENS report on efforts by several large parishes in different parts of the country to respond to COVID-19 outbreak.
The West Coast was an early flashpoint in the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. “It sort of came on fast here in Seattle,” said the Rev. Doyt Conn Jr., rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church. As of March 17, at least 56 people had died in Seattle and King County, Washington, more than a third of […]
“It is important to emphasize that suspension of in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship. I very much encourage and support online worship.”
“Abstaining from communion was the single best Lenten experience of my life. I discovered that I could be fed by the Word and other elements of worship. During this period, I discovered God’s abundant grace and love not in the bread or wine but in other simple ways—a hymn, the sermon, and even in the exchange of a smile with a member of the congregation. My Easter experience was made extraordinary through my Lenten practice. I truly came to appreciate worship in all its diversity in the Episcopal Church.”
In the last two weeks, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing the way Episcopal churches worship. The common cup, the Peace, coffee hour, baptismal fonts, the offering plates, etc.
“We are part of the human family of God. Jesus came to show us that his way of love is the way of life. It’s God’s human family.
We are in a time when remembering that may be important for all of us.
We are in this together.
What affects some directly affects all indirectly.
We are part of a family. The human family of God.”
We don’t know how this is going to unfold, and you lose credibility if you offer false reassurance. – Jim Naughton
His health deteriorated after Sunday, and he was diagnosed with the flu on Tuesday, a church spokesperson said. He was admitted to a hospital Thursday, and a coronavirus test came back positive Saturday. — Washington Post