Just to let you know, Ss. Martha & Mary is not having Sunday church services in-person right now. We are doing our part to help combat the spread of Corona Virus/Covid-19, a rapidly spreading and harmful respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Just because we are not gathering together, does not mean we are not having church. It is important for us to continue to minister to you.
First off, we want to hear your prayers concerns and special requests at www.mandm.org.
And each week we offer a service of Morning Prayer. Members, please check your email for details and access to our online service of Morning Prayer at 9:30 AM. Not a member? Contact us by emailing our church webmaster. If you cannot join us, the Washington National Cathedral regularly offers an online service at 10:15 AM (Central Standard Time). Simply go to https://cathedral.org to watch it. Be the church where you are, and God's peace go with you this day and always.
Minnesota's Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Brian Prior has stated: “The actions we take now will affect the reality that we will see 2-4 weeks from now. We cannot stop the spread of this illness, but actions that we take today can slow its spread and perhaps curtail its severity.” It’s imperative we take measures now that will ensure that the arc of this virus stays in the blue profile shown above, rather than escape into the red arc, especially since there is no vaccine at this time.
Consider calling seniors and others you know to check up on them. Ask if they need anything. Perhaps a bag of groceries left at their front door. The Open Door Pantry could use cash donations for the food shelf. Newly opened restaurants had to lay off much of their staff but are open for take out, like our friends at Eagan Arms Public House. Order to go.
This health emergency will pass if we wash our hands frequently, stay home when we’re sick, and continue to pray both for those who come down with the virus and those medical personnel racing to respond to the growing need. You can check the Episcopal Church in Minnesota website for more information on the church response. Here’s a helpful link to the MN Department of Health (that will lead you to other resources) of things we can all do to make a difference.
We close with a prayer offered by one of our clergy colleagues in San Francisco:
Lover and Creator of the Universe, in this time of uncertain peril and perilous fear, renew the world in steadfast love, instruct and guide human hearts in the ways of justice and mercy, bring clarity to our vision and hope to our souls. Heal every ailing body, and soothe every anxious soul, for your love’s sake. Amen.
We are blessed. Let us be a blessing to others.