Dear people of faith,
Hold onto your faith – deepen your faith – through this time of crisis. Know that in all things God is moving towards good, God is moving. Jesus Christ is calling, always, and we need to hear him, see him, know him, trust him. He has promised to be with us always; we believe in his promise.
We do not deny the deep anxiety at present – but do not be fearful. Breathe in his love; breathe out your fear (Michelle Chapman, parishioner, taught us this mantra yesterday). The directive from our Archbishop is that Anglican public worship ceases as of Monday 23 March. We are now a church that looks very different from our normal life; but our core business of prayer and building our relationship with our God, and being carriers of the Good News, must go on. With many others, we are creating pastoral and spiritual connections to keep us strong as a faith community, and to keep us burning brightly as a Christian beacon in these suburbs. Care for each other – stay in touch regularly.
It is imperative that we have your contact details up to date. Please check the parish roll this Sunday; if you are not in the final services this weekend, please phone me (at any time) so I can check we have them correctly. Our main communication is email – but if you are not on email, we will be in touch regularly, phone or mail. Check regularly the parish website as well.
Holy Spirit church will be open all day, every day – 8am-6pm and at 12 noon every day myself or others will lead PRAYER FOR HALF AN HOUR. All health practices will be followed. Please join me either in person or wherever you are – pray for that 30 minutes most intentionally for all of God’s creation and for our trust in our God. Prayers will be available and will be sent out daily as well. [Please check your emails including ’junk/spam’ folder.] There will be more information later.
The office will continue to operate, and be open. I am available to make times to meet, either at your home or on site at Holy Spirit. The sacrament can be brought to anyone who desires it.
The prayer from the Archbishop’s letter:
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them
the equal of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you. Amen. Adapted by Bp Jeremy Greaves from N.Z. Prayer Book