Today is another Sunday that has us gathering together in Spirit only as a parish. We all are looking forward to coming together in worship. Yes, this past week there was an announcement by the Premier that would allowing places of worship to open, but we will not be opening yet and not until September at the earliest.
Yes, some churches will begin to open for public worship in our communities, but we will be continuing to worship online. This difficult but important decision has been made out of love for all the members of our community and for your safety and health. Know that our diocese is working on protocols that will keep us safe when we do return to worship in our building, but that will not be happening soon.
In the meantime, I continue to give thanks for the loving support that is being offered and received through our “Called to Care” ministry. Wendy Lovely continues to coordinate our efforts to keep folks connected and supported while we are keeping our distance to stop the spread of the virus. I am grateful to her, our pastoral visiting volunteers, and those that have come forward to help us make regular calls to check in with each other and make sure folks are cared for. If you are receiving this email and would like to be part of this ministry or would appreciate getting a call from our volunteers, let me know and know that you can call me or email me anytime.
Also, just a reminder that you are encouraged to send me the names of folks who are in need of prayer and I will add them to our Sunday prayer list.
The Gospel reading is Matthew 9:35-10:8.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.1
Here is the video of prayers and a message for this Sunday:
Here is a link to the all the readings for this Sunday: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=146
Be Well and God Bless,
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.