Dear People of St. Paul’s,
I want to thank all of you for your outpouring of support and prayers during this unprecedented time in the history of this parish, our country, and the world. In the over 200 year history of St. Paul’s the only other event to shut our doors was the Civil War. You are all on my mind and remain on my heart in these challenging days. We are working hard to adapt to this new circumstance; trying to find ways to connect and ways to center our lives when everything feels so out of our control.
I am happy to report that Alyse Viggiano continues to feel well and has no symptoms as her time of self-quarantine comes to a close at the end of the day today, and also happy to report that Doug Kirby is healthy and symptom-free and has concluded his time of self-quarantine.
We learned from Bishop Goff this week that all public worship services in the Diocese of Virginia are suspended indefinitely. This suspension will extend beyond Holy Week and Easter. To that end, this week and for the weeks to come, our Friday newsletter will focus on providing resources to the parish designed to enrich our time apart. Below this letter you will find links to content created by the clergy and staff of St. Paul’s.
We are all trying to come to terms with life during this time of isolation and anxiety. My hope is that this might be a time of innovation and imagination, a time of introspection and growth, and, perhaps, it might be a time that we actually be more connected to one another in spite of being physically distant. Please stay in touch. We do want to hear from you. Our emails can be found below or you can click “Contact Us” on our website.
We set out on these uncharted waters together; from our separate corners of the world may we continue to shine as a light in the world to the glory of God. It is times like these that highlight the great gift of our faith, the great strength of our community, and the great relevance of our mission in the world. There are times of unexpected challenge and these are also times of unexpected grace.
You can click here to watch our weekly Morning Prayer service for Sunday, March 22.
Blessings to you all,