Rector's Update, July 2020
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
While our church building remains closed to the public, 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 Sundays we 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 several days a week and Joseph will, from time to time, provides 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. (Note this may take a brief summer recess.) 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!
I have formed a Reopening Advisory Council and we meet regularly to discuss preparations to allow us to reopen the church for in-person worship when the virus cases decline and it it possible to do so safely in Tulsa. We are also exploring offering an outdoor worship format.
Please check back with the website (SJTULSA.org), our monthly mailed newsletter, and our weekly e-news updates by email 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!