msg. from Fr. Rich

Temporary Suspension of Church Services –

An Update from Fr. Rich on the Coronavirus

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

After consulting with the Wardens, Vestry and given the new Covid-19 guidelines handed down by the CDC, and President Trump (to include avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people), I am suspending all regular Sunday and weekday services and programs (to include DOK, Jr. DOK, ECW, Lenten Study, Stations of the Cross, Food Pantry, Quilters Club, etc.) at St. Anne’s through the end of March. It is my hope and prayer that we will be able to resume services in time for Holy Week and Easter but will reassess the situation on Monday, March 30, before making a final determination. 

 

As you know, I had hoped (given all the health and safety precautions we were trying to implement in each of our congregations during the coronavirus outbreak), that we could keep our Church buildings open for Sunday services. Unfortunately, for reasons stated above, that is not possible. 

 

With that said, even though we are not able to gather together during this time in our Church buildings, we need to remain faithful in our prayers and our study of God’s Holy Word, remembering that the Lord is with us where ever we are. As Jesus stated in last Sunday’s Gospel passage from John, “God is spirit.”  He is everywhere at once. As we worship Him in spirit and truth, may our heart and mind be spiritually open to His presence.   

  

I pray the Lord will give each of us the grace, faith and patience we need during this unprecedented time, as our nation and indeed the world, tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is vitally important that each of us try as best we can by the grace of God, to show true Christian love and charity to our neighbors during this time of illness, uncertainty, and disruption to our normal day to day lives. Tensions are high and people are stressed.   I know there is a great deal of fear and apprehension by many people all around us. I pray the Lord will give us His peace, taking from us any fear or anxiousness we may be feeling, and that He will use us to be a channel of His love and mercy and healing grace in the broken and hurting world around us.  

 

For those of you who may need food, St. Anne’s Food Pantry and St. Anne’s Mobil Ministry (SAMM’s), will do whatever we can do to help. Contact Fr. Rich (352)-795-2176 x101, Linda (352)-795-2176 x 105 or Jerry (352)-613-0623.

 

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord watch over and protect you and your loved ones today and in the days to come. God Bless You!

 

Faithfully in Christ,

Fr. Rich+

prayers of the people

Remember in our Prayers

Friends & Family:  Brian Scott, Charlene Scott, Carolyn Ford Brown, Harry Ulyat, Rodger Morris, Angela, Ina Ruth, Char Vormwald & Aunt Sarah, Sue, Mark, Sheryle, Kevin, Ralph, Cindy, Katie, Don, Stephanie Manous, Pat Daniels, Vicki Dulong, Jeanne Goodkind, Barbara Schroyer, Wende Walsh, Marty Kardamis, Bob Wilson, Pat Dickerson, Evelyn Mayer, Jimmy Holland

 

Sister Ann Rose, Jack & Doris Flynn, Bert & Dn. Cheryl Bakker, Jack Maddox, Mark Maddox, Tom Maddox, Richard Doxey, Fr. Joe Dunlap, Thomas Burns & Family, Jack McKowen, John, Joanne
St. Jean, Linda Enlow

 

Missionaries: Wayne & Rena Goodrich, Sean & Rebekah Conklin, Fr. Dass & Mary

 

Counseling Center: Dr. Carolyn Morris

 

Military: Romulo Camargo, Joshua Smith, Ben Fradette, Talon, Clafdia & Austin Harbison, Ritchie, Janae Sparks, Patrick Reed, Tony, Marc Williams, Matthew, Sean, Christian Frolish, Jordan Greenlaw, Maydia Sorgie, Jake Devoe, Zach Belden, Joey Castillo, AJ Leininger, Dalton Underwood, Cade Hartong, Nash Hartong, Robert, Zach Castle, Luke Nagel, Tom Maddox, Rachel Snow, Leah Montalvo, Mark Bunker, Tressa Cavalliere, Sidney Castle, Sean Outhouse, Ryan Allen

 

Students: Makayla, Sean, Tiffany, Ryan, Jerrod, Nathaniel, Juliet, Mark, Abigayle, Calvin, Angelina, Madelyn, Elijah, Zach, Charlotte, Anisha, Tiffany, Taylor, Kalista, Clyde, Dennis, Daisy, Franklin, Aubrey, Morgan & Peyton, Landon, Jariah, Elijah, Janelle, Tatiana, Richard, Ava, Elizabeth

Bible study

Palm Sunday, Year A, 2020-04-05

Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1, 2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9; Philippians 2:5-11

 

Note that I selected the Psalm and Gospel from the Liturgy of the Palms. - David Jackson

Homework:

  • React to this statement: Speaking God’s word often results in persecution. (cf. Luke 11:47-49; Matthew 5:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 11:23-25)

 

Isaiah 50:4-9

  • Who is speaking in these verses?

  • 7 The speaker says, “I have set my face like flint.”  Are we modern speakers of God’s word to set our faces like flint? Are we speaking the right message?

 

Philippians 2:5-11

  • 5 Paul says, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” How does that work in our lives? According to vv. 6-8, what must we do, if we have the mind of Christ?

  • 7 Could Jesus have taken any form He chose?  Why did He choose the form of a slave? Had you been advising Jesus, what form would you have suggested?

  

 Psalm 118:1, 2, 19-29

  • 1, 29 This psalm begins and ends with God’s unfailing love (hesed), translated in the BCP as “His mercy endures.”  How does God demonstrate hesed in our lives?

  • 22 All three of the synoptic gospels quote this verse.  Why was the stone rejected?

 

Matthew 21:1-11

  • How many Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled in this passage?

  • This event is often referred to as the Triumphal Entry.  How many who witnessed it understood what was happening? 

  • 10 Jerusalem is asking, “Who is this?” How would you answer their question?

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