Just a reminder that during this time of pandemic, Saints Martha & Mary is worshipping online for the most part.
The Rev. Kerri Meyer will lead us in a service of Morning Prayer.
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.
As always, we want to hear your prayers concerns and special requests at www.mandm.org. And we have a Special Request of you for Prayer.
Also note that our new Bishop, The Right Rev. Craig Loya, is asking each of us to set aside intentional time every Tuesday noon between now and the election to pray for peace, for justice, and for love. This is, he says, a fractious time, with deep divisions. He asks us to remember we serve a God of hope and we must witness to the Way of Love. “While the gospel is never partisan—it does not endorse one candidate or party platform”—Bishop Loya says, “the gospel is always political, meaning it is always concerned with the way people are treated . . . This is not a time,” he says, “for us to be timid in announcing that Jesus is always present with those who are cast down and cast aside, that Jesus affirms and values the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. . .” Specifically, the Bishop asks the Minnesota Episcopalians will pray Noonday Prayer every Tuesday between now and election day to pray for our nation. You can use the form available here, or simply use your Book of Common Prayer wherever you are.
This health emergency will pass if we mask up, 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 responding to the pandemic. Simply be kind to others. 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.