Keeping Community

Keeping Community. Growing Faith.

Dear St. Martin’s Parish Family,
So much has changed in our daily lives over the course of the past week. I am very aware that for many this has been an anxious week, and that almost all of us have had our lives altered in some way with the growing spread of the coronavirus.
Even though we were not able to come together to worship with one another on Sunday, or come to the various events and group meetings that normally would take place this past week, as the body of Christ known as St. Martin’s, we are all still connected one to another. We had over 250 individual views of Sunday’s virtual service and are now offering a daily service of Morning Prayer online (read below).
We are being challenged now to keep those connections, finding new ways to worship, to continue to grow and develop our faith. We have not stopped doing the work of forming disciples for Jesus Christ.
Read below to learn about the new ways to experience worship together, pray together for one another, and continue to grow deeper in our faith despite our physical distance. There are opportunities for daily worship together, for growing your faith in a variety of ways, and for us to hold one another before God in our prayers.
Please continue to check in on one another, continue best hygiene practices, and pray for those whose lives have been affected by this virus outbreak in our region and our world. You are an important member of our parish family, this body of Christ here at St. Martin’s; you are known and loved.

With God’s Peace and Blessings for the week ahead,
~ The Rev. Matthew Hanisian, Rector


Please pray for all those whose lives have been affected by this pandemic, especially our health care workers, first responders and all who are working to help keep us safe. As God’s beloved people of faith, these are the times we must draw closer to God in both faith and fear, trusting in God’s unending love for us.

Prayer is the universal way people of faith stay connected, both with one another and with God. I invite you to pray daily for our parish family, for your own needs, and in thanksgiving for all that God has blessed you with this day.
Pray for our parish family daily. Let us know if you have a specific prayer request so we can hold you in our daily prayers. Please pray this week for: Riley, Rodney, Neal, Nadine, Philip, Lynn, Christopher, Mark, Jocelyn, Andrew, Bill, John, Cole, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Annie.
Begin your day with your parish family in worship. We will worship together daily, Monday through Saturday, with a simple service of Morning Prayer led by the clergy.
While we may not be able to worship together in church, our community can worship together during our LIVE STREAM WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 a.m.
Need a BCP? Take a BCP.  Use the BCP PDF or pick up a copy of the Book of Common Prayer from the box located in the portico by the front doors of the church so you can worship with us at home. Please take a copy for your home, bringing it back once we are able to worship together on Sunday mornings.
Should you need pastoral care or support please contact either Rev. Matthew or Rev. Nathan. Of course if you have a severe pastoral emergency, outside of normal office hours, please call the Parish Office and follow the prompts to be connected with the clergy member on call.

A Prayer for Those Affected by the Coronavirus
O God of compassion, giver of life and health, we pray your healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them your gifts of gladness and strength. Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead institutions that care for those whom they serve. Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick; guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that is through their sacrifice and service that the health of the whole community is promoted. Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.
~ The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton


ART IN LENT: Intergenerational Activities 
March 18 | March 25 | April 1
Even though we’re all at home on Wednesdays, there’s no reason why the Art of Lent can’t continue. You are most invited to make great use of the online materials centering on Jesus’ last words from the cross. Each session will include two coloring page files, and a devotion for the week. You can reflect on the devotion quietly as an individual, or reflect together as a family. And we’d love for you to send in your coloring creations, so we can share them online and continue to be in community together. May God bless and keep you. May the words of Jesus from the cross draw you closer to him and fill you with strength during these uncertain times.
~ Many blessings, The Rev. Nathan Erdman

ADULT EDUCATION IN LENT: Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
March 22 : Food – Video | Guide
March 29 : Shelter – Video | Guide
April 5 : Community – Video | Guide
Join us and explore how God takes the symbols of our Christian worship and makes them holy and extraordinary gifts: light, water, food, shelter, community. This interactive series, produced in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary and the Episcopal brothers of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, explores ways we can connect these symbols in our worship into our daily lives as we journey through the holy season of Lent.