Rector's Update, March 19, 2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


I wanted to send a brief letter to you via of our website and an E-blast to bring you up-to-date on what little information we have to share with you. By now you know that our church building is closed, but our church and the work that we do as a parish is ongoing. Our hard-working staff is continuing to do the work that is necessary for Saint John’s Church to move forward. We are providing Morning Prayer Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., and then we will have a sung Evensong at 5:30 p.m. All of these services are online, and can be accessed directly through Facebook or through our website at SJTULSA.org. 


Additionally, I am doing video blogs five days a week and Joseph will, from time to time, provide a Saint John’s music moment when he will play our incredible organ. On Wednesday at 12 noon, in place of in-person Music at Midday, Saint John’s Church will offer an organ recital for 30 minutes. Again, these will be “streamed live” on Facebook and will be on our website, SJTULSA.org, for you to enjoy. Finally, members of the staff and our vestry are reaching out to parishioners with a phone call to check-in and see if there is anyway for us to support you and your families. If you need help, don’t think a moment before you ask. We are happy to be there for you. After all, we are family in our Lord!


At this time of “social isolation” we can stay connected virtually through our daily prayers for each other and for our community. Please remember that while we endure this inconvenience, many are in a battle for their lives as COVID-19 continues to ravage the world. Prayers are needed now more than ever!


Please check back with the website (SJTULSA.org) often for continued updates and information.


And now: May the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. The blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you now and forever more. Amen!


Father Sam+


Previous update can be found here.