An important message from Vicar Karen Schomburg

March 13, 2020

In the two months I have been with you as your vicar, I have discovered you are a community who loves each other and are bound together in this love. You are leaders in the community who make a difference and serve with compassion and wisdom. You live into your call as Christians and disciples of Jesus. By your very presence you declare the Good News! The Good News is we are all children of God—loved, forgiven and cherished. A message that is more important now than ever.

As you are all well aware, we are living in a time of extreme anxiety and rapid change due to the Covid19 coronavirus. In response, Bishop Gretchen Rehberg has taken wise and cautionary measures by canceling all public worship in the Spokane Diocese congregations for three weeks, with a re-evaluation after March 31. In addition, Diocesan sponsored events, such as Regional Gathering Days, are canceled as well.  This very difficult decision is to assure that we are all responding in a manner that is in the best interest of our congregations and the communities we live in.

You may read the full text of the bishop’s letter here: https://spokanediocese.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3202040

What does this decision mean regarding our commitment to worship, to honor the Sabbath and to be the Body of Christ? How do we stay connected and serve our community?

As leaders we are called to be fearless and respond with the assurance we are in the hands of a God who does not fail us. As leaders we are to be thoughtful and aware that we live in a time of fluid and dynamic change. This means we will discern prayerfully how we can continue to be together as a congregation in new ways and under these circumstances.

The Rev. Karen Schomburg+

 

Worship and Prayer

Episcopalians understand that our worship together shapes who we are and how we live. It's that important.

Most of us come together at least weekly to share in "the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Holy Eucharist) as did the early Church. Our worship proclaims the mystery of a loving God, honors the beauty and dignity of being human, and shapes us for our service in the world as followers of the Way of Jesus. All those who are hungry for God are welcome at the Table.

We include children in our worship believing that whether or not they understand the words, they too are formed by the shape of our corporate worship: word and table—listening, blessing, breaking, sharing.

The foundational texts for Sunday worship are the Holy Bible, the current revision (1979) of the Book of Common Prayer, and the Hymnal 1982. We are a liturgical church, that is our worship pattern is ordered by our Book of Common Prayer drawing on our rich heritage in the ancient traditions.

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