In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, personal isolation and general anxiety, I wish you all a holy Lent, and a joyful Easter. And yes, I realize that such a greeting might sound ironic, but I offer it quite genuinely. At Easter, and in the 40 days of Lent that precede it, we boldly confront the reality of death, embodied by the person of Jesus upon the cross, and the further reality of resurrection, embodied by our Risen Lord on Easter morning. There is, in this Easter gospel, more than enough strength and courage to carry us through our present “state of emergency.”
At the urging of the Diocese of Fredericton, and the Provincial Health authorities, we will not hold regular church services for the next few weeks.
The church building will continue to be available for private prayers. The building will be regularly cleaned, and the heat turned on for Sunday mornings. If there are others inside, please maintain several metres distance from them.
You are welcome to take a BAS service book home, and to establish a regular habit of prayer, perhaps with members of your family. Morning Prayer (page 47), Evening Prayer (page 66), and the Psalms are the easiest to negotiate. The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent (March 22nd) are found on page 289, the 4th Sunday on page 292, and the 5th on page 294.
We are living in strange times. It seems very odd that we cannot physically gather as a community. Yet I trust that, through the Holy Spirit, we are truly in communion with each other and with our Lord, at all times, in all places, and in all circumstances.
If you need to talk, call 1-403-892-6232. My email address is email@example.com
Pray for me, as I for you.
The Rev. Andrew Horne.