Dear St. Christopher Family,
Did you see it? Did you look up at the sky around 7:00 tonight? Yes indeed, the beautiful blue sky peaked through the clouds and rain... a reminder that there is something beyond the last 5 days. Clear skies are ahead. As we endure today, our reward is tomorrow. As we endure the earthy, our reward is the heavenly. As we endure the temporal, our reward is the eternal. THANKS BE TO GOD!
As we live day to day, may we give God the glory for our many blessings!
So many folks have been serving tirelessly over the last several days. Many of you, many from other churches, grocery store checkers and baggers, and let's not forget the first responders! They have been present faithfully day in and day out. It has been amazing to see God at work through everyone. The stories we will have to tell will be a witness to all of the love of God in Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now, brothers and sisters, a call to action. As we continue to assess the needs of the St. Christopher flock, assessing the needs of the community around us, and discerning what our new normal will be, we have a small amount of work to do on our campus.
Anyone who is available and can travel safely, please be at the church tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00am. We have to take out much of the carpet in the administrative wing of the campus. This will require moving heavy desks as well.
Until then, pray these prayers from our Service of Compline tonight, and rest well in the knowledge that you are loved and a precious child of God.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake.
Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.