Dear Redeemer Family:
This past Sunday we had the highest in-person attendance (65) since the coronavirus crisis began. It was good to see so many of you, especially many children. As in-person attendance increases, please remember to use our online sign in, so we are prepared for all who will attend. We are also in need of volunteers to help with Greeting and Ushering. If you are willing to serve as a Greeter or Usher, please email Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am aware that many of you are not able or ready to worship in-person. I have a team ready to deliver communion to you – let us know if that would be a blessing for you (email Shirley, and we will get it scheduled). We are committed to broadcasting our services indefinitely, so you are able to attend through Facebook Live and Zoom.
Many families are engaged with the beginning of the school year: home-school, public school, private school, pre-school, on-line school, college & grad school. I hope that you will use the prayer at the end of this letter regularly in the next days & weeks to pray for your Redeemer family members, and your community.
Kim and I will be driving to Tallahassee to move John into his dorm room tomorrow morning, and we will lead Morning Prayer at 8:30 tomorrow as a group. Thank you for your prayers for us as we travel there and back, and adjust to this new “normal” for our family.
Here is the prayer from Sunday:
A Prayer for the School Year
Heavenly Father: we pray today for the beginning of this school year in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. We ask you to bless and protect the students, educators, parents and administrators as they work and interact.
Give them favor with technology, grace with each other, and patience for one another. Bless the homes where home-schooling and remote learning will happen, and the family dynamics therein. Shine your light and love through all those marked by faith as your children.
Protect all from anxiety and fear, and bless your children with your peace that surpasses all human understanding. May your kingdom come and your will be done in their lives, and in their schools, for the glory of your great name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Know that you are regularly in my prayers!