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April 6 letter to parishioners

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered
the world. Jesus [John 16:33, The Message paraphrase]

Dear Incarnation Family:

On Palm Sunday I feel like we cheated the isolation of COVID-19 with our Drive-Through Prayer and
Palm Crosses. Many of you turned out on a beautiful morning; some walked-through, while others
drove.

Many are experiencing a tangible yearning to return to their primary place of worship, Incarnation, and to their worship community. We miss one another. Another desire is for peace that pushes out all anxiety. Fear and anxiety are natural with a deadly virus on the loose that has triggered overnight change to our lives.

We are not alone in this. Jesus was familiar with anxiety. Hours before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus sweated drops of blood as he prayed in anguish. This is a medical condition resulting from
extreme anxiety. For help, Jesus turned to God the Father, who comforted him and gifted him with peace and courage. It is in this peace and strength that Jesus went to the cross for us.

Jesus likewise wants us to turn to him for peace, courage and strength. As scripture exhorts us,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6,7]

After being abused in a WWII concentration camp, Corrie Ten Boom offered words of wisdom: Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into
tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its
strength.

I leave us with a prayer:
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, when we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Collect, Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer]

God’s Peace.

richard+

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Date and Time
Monday April 6, 2020
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