Grace and peace to you.
Today, let me begin with this notice that was sent yesterday from our Diocesan Bishop’s Office to all congregations in our Diocese of Toronto.
“Today’s announcement from the Provincial government once again returns the Diocese of Toronto to our Red Stage Guidelines. Effective Monday, April 19th, our churches are limited to 10 people present for all worship services, indoors or outdoors, including weddings and funerals. Until otherwise directed, clergy and others should only access our buildings, observing all protocols including mask-wearing and physical distancing, primarily for the provision of livestreaming or filming worship, to a maximum of ten people present.
These are discouraging and frightening times. But we serve an Almighty God, our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. We urge all Anglicans to remain faithful and calm, to commit to fervent prayer for all those who are ill and for those who care for them, and to do everything in our power to be safe, and keep others safe, during this public health emergency.”
Certainly these are difficult times, times during which recalling and celebrating the great Easter event with its message of love and hope, as we are doing through the Season of Easter, and acknowledging that God is with us become all the more paramount. Please do continue to pray, reach out to someone either to give strength or receive it and recall that God is in the midst of this pandemic with us.
Tomorrow is the Third Sunday of the Season of Easter. The form of service and the words of welcome, the Gospel introduction & the reflection are attached. Please do take part in our worship tomorrow. The service will be on our Facebook page which you can get to through this link: https://www.facebook.com/Church-of-Saint-Peter-Cobourg-101186724877919/
And do drop by to see some familiar faces during our Sunday Morning Virtual Coffee & Fellowship time. We meet on Zoom beginning at 10:45. Here is the Zoom information you will need to come and say hi.
You can click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85023160084?pwd=L2pvRVFGM2F5Q0lGbGthLzljdHhIdz09 or go to Zoom and use Meeting ID: 850 2316 0084 and Passcode: 881100.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. Alleluia!