Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During this special time, we just want to reassure you that God’s church, of which we are all members, continues to function in our homes through worship, prayer and acts of love, both here in Oakville and throughout the world. Some people have found it helpful to set aside a special place in their home, perhaps a table and chair at which they keep their Bible, Prayer Book and Daily Devotionals, and set aside time to be with God. We urge you all to continue with your daily prayers so that together with others throughout the world the church will still continue in unceasing prayer and praise of our loving and Creator God, the One who hears our every word, knows our every thought and will surely respond to us in our hour of need.
At St. Luke’s, Palermo (St Luke’s), your Corporation continues to meet regularly by teleconference since decisions still need to be made, bills still need to be paid and planning for the future must still proceed, all with a view to reopening our church as soon as we are safely able to do so. We should remember that as well as our congregation, so many outside groups also depend on St.Luke’s for a place to meet and grow and in particular.
Healing was a huge part of Christ’s ministry and it was often through healing that His Holiness, or Divine Nature was revealed, sometimes by restoring sight to the blind or other times causing the lame and paralysed to walk again. Every church, including ours, goes through times of change and upheaval, where healing is required to help us once again, to see the face of Jesus in others. Sometimes we may worry and wonder what the future might hold, however as we know from scripture, if we continue place our trust in Jesus Christ, all things are possible, the necessary healing can begin and the hope of a brighter future can be rekindled.
Online Prayer Service and Coffee Hour
We hope that many of you have logged on to your computers, tablets or mobile phones to watch Bishop Susan hosting her Weekly Prayer Service every Sunday morning at 10am. It can be watched live on the Diocesan Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/niagaraanglican/ or also now on the Diocesan YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/NiagaraAnglican.
Right after Bishop’s Weekly Prayer Service, we want to invite you to join our Online Coffee time. – We will have a 30 to 45 minute Coffee/Tea chat, sharing the fellowship which we usually do every Sunday, but this time we will do it in our homes. Please click the link to join us with your Coffee/Tea ready!
Find the link to our Zoom meeting below.
Time: 10:30am-11:30am (time may be variable depending on the online service time)
Click to Join the Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/8608948908
Meeting ID: 860 894 8908
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We have heard that many of you are missing not being able to attend St. Luke’s to receive your weekly Holy Communion and so, Bishop Susan just issued her latest letter to us. She has also released another letter to the People of the Diocese of Niagara. Please click the links to read them and find guidance from them. As a church community we will continue the work that God has called us to do, work that will help transform the face of the world and bring about a rich harvest of souls for the Lord.
Peace and blessings,