Last Sunday after Pentecost

The Last Sunday after Pentecost, “Christ the King Sunday”, November 22, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in Christ to each of you.  I hope and pray you are staying safe and well during this time of exponential increases of cases of Covid in the US.  It remains a health crisis of the highest order. Indeed, just this week, Bishop Kevin has called for the immediate cessation of all in-person worship in the diocese. We are, however, able to continue with the taping of services in our parishes. 

The good news in all this is that there is very promising news of a vaccine which may be imminent. Of course, the final OK from the FDA and the eventual distribution are in our future; so, it is absolutely imperative that we stay vigilant, indeed, hyper-vigilant, in the upcoming months especially with the holidays upon us.  

This coming Sunday we celebrate “Consecration Sunday” where we give thanks for the abundance of God’s gifts on Margaret’s Church.  It is a day when we unabashedly think about our financial resources for the fiscal health of St. Margaret’s. 

My deepest prayer is, that despite the unprecedented time of not being able to worship together in our sanctuary, you are keeping the faith.  Your prayers and financial support of St. Margaret’s are imperative to maintain our faith community. Not only “maintain the faith community,” but to “increase our faith community”!

There will be a day when we see the pandemic in the rear-view-mirror; however, that time, of course has not yet come. But, if we keep our eyes focused on God in Christ, and the future church – of being able to gather again in person at the Lord’s Table, we will continue and grow as faith community at St. Margaret’s. As St. Paul says in the magnificent 8th Chapter of Romans: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” 

The Psalm appointed for this Sunday is Psalm 100, Jubilate Deo. Let us keep this close in our hearts.

1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

4 For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Be well, look out for your neighbor, be joyful!  Be smart, stay safe, stay calm, stay focused on Our Lord.  

Alleluia anyway!    


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