On Sunday July 25th, Bishop Peter Manto (Diocese of the Central States, REC) received ten new people into membership at St. Paul’s, and one confirmation. When I think of this time of growth in our parish, I’m reminded of the early church, as St. Luke records in Acts 2:42-44, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common.” Truly in Christ we have all things in common, and it’s that simple message, together with the prayers and teachings of the apostles and the breaking of Eucharistic bread that draws us into one fellowship in the body of Christ. Now that our parish has begun to grow in significant ways we see clear signs that God has work for us to do, namely the work of drawing others into our fellowship of worship and praise. I’m excited to see what God is doing in our midst and hopeful that He is planning even better things for us in the future as more and more people are added to our number.
There will be no physical services held at St. Paul’s for at least the next two weeks due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the service of Morning Prayer with a Homily (or Holy Communion) will be live-streamed from our Facebook page at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Click here to view our Facebook page.
Let us pray together as best as we can during this time, and remember to reach out to one another by phone or on the web to check that we all have our basic needs met.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32
A prayer for spiritual communion for times when we are prevented from assembling together:
In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of Thy Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to Thee. And since I can not now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee, and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate Thee from me. May I live and die in Thy love. Amen. (The Armed Forces Prayer Book, 1951)