Rev. Scott's Letter, March 20
Delivered By
Rev. Tom Scott
Delivered On
March 20, 2020
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MARCH 20

Dear friends,

This week has been full of shock and disorientation for all of us. We have scarcely begun to cope in the face of one challenge when the next one barrels in. The changes in our daily routines and patterns of living are profoundly unsettling for all of us. Those of us who live in the Covenant community and other care facilities face one set of challenges in community living; those of us on the “outside” face other difficulties in caring for ourselves. Please know that the wardens join me in being available to talk and even run an errand.

As a practical matter, Sunset market has a seniors shopping hour daily from 7-8am.

Our situations require all of us—for our own health and safety and that of others—to abide by increasingly stringent guidelines. It is easy to become frightened and to feel overwhelmed, to say as the psalmist wrote, “Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.” (69:1).

Many of us feel deep grief about the death of our former rector, Mthr Cynthia Hallas. Her burial arrangements are being handled by Colonial Wojciechowski funeral home. There are no plans for a service at this time given the public health concerns. While I certainly knew her as a colleague, our connection was limited. I join you in your prayers for the family. If you would like addresses for the family, that information is available through our church office by e-mail or telephone. It is also possible to leave an on-line message through the funeral home.

For many St. Gilians, we remember back to a time when social isolation and quarantine were our best defenses against diseases like polio, rubella, scarlet fever, measles and the like. We may have to remember a bit, but we know how to manage this. We can encourage one another to remember that we’ve faced these challenges before.

As for our loss in the death of Mthr Cynthia, I encourage you to take comfort in knowing that our grief is real and true and worthy both of us and of her, but as Christians we do not grieve as those who have no hope of life in Christ. She is not here, but neither is she lost. We are all in the hands of God.

If I may, I’d like to remind us all of the Collect for Grace in our prayerbook, p. 100:

 

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father,

you have brought us in safety to this new day:

preserve us with your mighty power,

that we may not fall into sin,

nor be overcome by adversity;

and in all we do,

direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

God’s peace and joy,

 

 
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