Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would like to share with you what we talked about during our Zoom Coffee Hour following the Sunday service on August 9th.
We talked about the poem from Father Eric’s March email to our parish about what the new shelter-in-place mandate would mean for our parish. It concluded with a poem from the book, Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer by J. Philip Newell
Out of the silence at the beginning of time
you spoke the Word of life.
Out of the world’s primeval darkness
you flooded the universe with light.
In the quiet of this place
in the dark of the night
I wait and watch.
In the stillness of my soul
and from the depths
the senses of my heart are awake to you.
For fresh soundings of life
for showings of light
I search in the silence of my spirit, O God.
We also talked about Father’s Eric’s sermon and concluded that the problems of racial profiling, discrimination, and inequality that were present in 1989 are still present today.
I encourage you to sign up for “Sacred Ground,” a program for racial healing, reconciliation sponsored by our national Episcopal Church. If you are interested in joining our St. Matthew’s group, please email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May this day bring you an awakened awareness of God’s many blessings.
Peace and love,
Listen to Deacon Lauren’s reflection.