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.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN PRAYER
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN WORSHIP DURING THE WEEK
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: WORSHIP VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY
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
CONTINUE GROWING YOUR FAITH
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
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.