Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/15/21

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Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James,

I write to alert you that we continue to monitor developments around our state and in our area concerning the emerging variants of Covid-19 virus. At St. James, we continue to take every precaution so that we might weather this health storm and be able to continue in-person liturgies. Our space and ventilation allow for continuous exchange of fresh air and surfaces are sanitized [and we continue to wear masks]. We pray for those afflicted, as well for those who tend their needs.

In my homily for today, [posted separately] as per usual, I have attempted to respond to thoughts and feelings that the pandemic has brought to the fore. Explicitly stated in question form: Is it worth the time and energy to maintain a Christian religious presence, whether in Somerville or elsewhere, when the secular world appears to be gaining the upper hand? Our vestry today, following the celebration of Eucharist, reaffirmed our ministry in Teele Square and environs. Pray, if you will, for wisdom and guidance as we regain our strength, challenged by the pandemic. As always, your comments are welcomed.

I bid you pray:
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

May the peace of God, that passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be with you, and remain with you and those whom you love, this day and forever more. Amen.

Your fellow traveler in The Way,