First, I want to commend the congregation at All Souls for staying engaged in what we're doing by watching the services, participating in small groups, encouraging your kids to get on Zoom for virtual youth group, and more. Also, thank you for being faithful to give your tithes and offerings to the Lord for the work of His Church. Both March and April were good months for the church financially especially considering the circumstances. God is faithful and will continue to provide for us as we step out to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Next, I'm sure many are wondering when we will meet again. The short answer is: as soon as possible. The Bishop is in communication with the churches and ministers in the Diocese of Central Florida and will soon be delivering guidelines with regard to the 'when' and 'how' of resuming in-person worship services. Another issue, since we don't have a building yet, is waiting on Orange County to lift the suspension on facility usage. Depending on when that is, there may be a scenario where we are using another church's building temporarily.
I very much look forward to seeing you all again, to gather together to sing God's praise and hear His Holy Word --- to share in the Most Holy Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood. But in the meantime, let us join in prayer for the Church and the world asking that God would have mercy, and that he would continue to keep us safe, not so much for our own sake but for His -- that dwelling long upon the earth we would make known the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Study on the Apostle Paul: Starting Wednesday, May 13th
I am excited to dive into the Scriptures and the life of the Apostle Paul. It is rare for a Sunday goes by that we don't hear something from one of his letters. The group(s) will initially being meeting on Zoom. To sign up, go to: https://allsoulsfl.churchcenter.com/people/forms/131964
Teaching Series on the Daily Office
We are now two sessions into a video teaching series on the Book of Common Prayer in general and daily prayer in particular. Think of it as a sort of virtual rector's forum (or in our case a vicar's forum). The goal of this series is to equip the church to use the BCP so that we can grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus as we enter the life of Christ and the unceasing worship of heaven. The latest installment can be found here: The Daily Office: Part II
Recording of the Sunday Psalm
The psalms are songs and so it is fitting, especially in the Holy Eucharist to sing them. Erik (awesome guy who plays the piano on the left side of your video screen) has been doing an incredible job as the cantor. There is a bit of a learning curve with chanting the psalms, so we thought it would be good to provide you all with recordings ahead of time so that you can get familiar because, especially at a church plant, everyone is in the choir! Here is the appointed psalm for The Fifth Sunday of Easter (March 10th).
Grace and peace,