Dear Friends – I hope you are all holding up well. I find myself with a higher than normal level of free-floating anxiety. I need to turn to God to be reminded of the eternal, the certain, the good. I am looking forward to being with you tomorrow morning in prayer.

We will begin gathering for a service of Morning Prayer at 9:45 AM tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 15). In order to keep one another safe, we will gather using the incredible digital tools that the 21st century offers. We will use the Zoom platform, which allows you to participate by computer, handheld device (smartphone or tablet), or ordinary telephone.

To join the service on your computer or smartphone, just click on this link:

https://zoom.us/j/8228158956

If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download a simple, trustworthy application to access the service. After you do so, you will be asked to give permission to use your device’s camera and microphone. We hope you will do so, as we want to see and talk to each other! However, one important point of videoconference etiquette: Please mute your microphone at all times, unless you are speaking! This will help minimize background noise for all worshippers.

To join the service by telephone, call 1-646-558-8656.

When prompted enter our meeting ID:822 815 8956, followed by the # sign.

We won’t be able to see you, but you’ll be able to hear and speak.

If you have any problems signing on to the call, please feel free to call Matt Fillio at 413-822-3759. He will be standing by ready to help!

I anticipate that our service will be done by 10:45 AM. Thank you in advance for joining in on this new way to praise God!

Other Virtual Meeting Opportunities

There are a few other opportunities for us to gather online during this time of social distancing. To join, just follow the same process outlined above:

  • Our Thursday Lenten Book Study reflecting on Jake Owensby’s A Resurrection-Shaped Life will continue on the Zoom platform.

To join the Noon-1:00 PM discussion on March 19, 26, and April 2:

https://zoom.us/j/915504972 or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID:915 504 972)

To join the 6:30-7:30 PM discussion on March 19, 26, and April 2:

https://zoom.us/j/312679982 or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID:312 679 982)

  • I will be available on Zoom for an hour two times each week for anyone who would like to come by for conversation and prayer. 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 5:00-6:00 PM Hangout on Tuesdays (March 17, 24, 31, and April 7):

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

To join the 10:00-11:00 AM Hangout on Fridays (March 20, 27, April 3 &10):

https://zoom.us/j/428952550 or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID:428 952 550)

One more thing

The National Cathedral will broadcast Holy Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry preaching tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:15 AM. To watch the service on Youtube, go to

You may download the service leaflet from the National Cathedral website: https://cathedral.org/

(scroll down toward the bottom of the homepage to find the link.)

Blessings to you all in these complicated times. Know that God is with us!

Sam+