Hello friends –

It was a joy to pray with many of you on Sunday morning. When we got to that last prayer (A Prayer of St. Chrysostum) saying, “You have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them,” I was reminded again that we were all in the embrace of God–what a gift!

I write now to remind you that the St. Paul’s community will hang out together this afternoon from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (NOTE THE NEW TIME!), using the Zoom platform that we used on Sunday. You may drop in for a few minutes or for the whole hour. My plan is to continue this practice through Holy Week.

To join the Hangout today (and every Tuesday):

https://zoom.us/j/925396586 or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID:925 396 586)

Finally, here is a prayer for these times:

This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures.
     We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that seem all too real to us now.
     Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place!
     Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors. Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination.
     Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life.
     All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord. Amen.