Dear Brothers & Sisters of the Diocese of San Joaquin,
A very blessed St. Patrick’s Day to you all! St. Patrick is the very model of an Evangelist, Bishop and Child of God who, in the midst of incredible adversity surly and calmly shared the love of Jesus Christ and brought people to a saving relationship with him. Let us learn from his example and that of all the saints to be a calm and steady presence of hope and love in the midst of this global pandemic. Let is never forget that Jesus Christ is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I write to this morning, after our President, Governor and our own local authorities have strongly advised no gatherings of 10 or more people and, for those of you in the Bay Area, to shelter in place. Therefore, I am asking you to offer your worship services on a virtual platform rather than hold in person meetings. These are extreme measures I realize but for the health and welfare of everyone, and especially those at risk, I encourage the following steps:
I’ll close with the collect for Lent 2 which seems especially appropriate at this time.
“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
I pray for God’s guidance and peace for each of you and His continued blessing upon our congregations.
The Rt. Rev. Eric Vawter Menees