April Rector's Letter
Dear Parish Family,
In this month's Rector’s letter, we are remembering the sick, looking forward to Holy Week and Easter, highlighting our new online giving options, and how to be the Church in this time of social distancing.
Praying For The Sick
Please keep praying for those who are sick and those who are in distress. As the number of people who are sick is skyrocketing, we need to do everything we can to pray. Pray for the anxious. Pray for the health care workers. Prayer is our best option at this time, laying all of this before Almighty God.
Holy Week and Easter
I really never thought I would say this, but all of the St. Laurence Holy Week and Easter services will be entirely online this year. Holy Week is THE week of the Christian year, a time for us to remember the saving events of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. Given that we cannot be together in person as the Body of Christ this year during Holy Week, I am asking that every St. Laurence household do everything that they can to follow along online and participate to the fullest at home.
What does that look like? All of the Holy Week services will be sent out and available online through Youtube and Facebook. Please try to make time to watch the services. But please don’t just watch us praying. Please read the Scriptures, pray along with us, and try to participate as much as possible at home. When we are singing at the Church, please try to sing at home. If your singing is a little rough, who will know?!? You’re at home!
Resources For Holy Week At Home
The Holy Week services from St. Laurence will be missing a few elements that are near and dear to us but we are planning to give you resources for how you keep them going at home. For instance, while there will be a Maundy Thursday service at Church, we won’t be doing the foot washing due to social distancing norms. So, we’ll publish a resource in the next few days for how to reverently pray and wash each other’s feet at home. On Good Friday, when we would all normally venerate the cross with a kiss at St. Laurence, I’d ask you to pull a cross off the wall at your home and give thanks for what Jesus did for us at the cross. In other words, please participate as much as possible from your homes. As I say, we will be sending out a resource for how to to do all of this.
For Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is this Sunday, April 5. I’m asking that you decorate your front door with palms, or red ribbons, or anything else that you think would be an appropriate way for you to commemorate the day. If you don’t have a Palm tree in your yard, consider maybe pulling a branch off of some other type of tree or making your own palms from construction paper. Remember that the people on the first Palm Sunday pulled branches off of the trees that were there, which happened to be palm and olive trees. If the trees that you have in your yard are oak, crepe myrtle or whatever, the sentiment can be the same: giving honor to the king of kings.
Online Giving Options
You can now give to St. Laurence in the easiest way possible: by sending a text message. Send a text message to 84321 from your cell phone with a dollar amount in the place where you would normally type in your message. The first time you do it, you’ll have to enter your info and select St. Laurence. After that, you can simply enter a number and hit send any time you want to give and it will be done. If you prefer, go here and fill out an easy form and you can donate that way. You can always mail us checks too (519 N. Kimball Ave., Southlake 76092).
Ideas For The Rest Of Holy Week
We will have a Zoom meeting online this Sunday, April 5 at 10:00am. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ideas on how we can keep Holy Week in a meaningful way from our homes. That meeting will be here: https://zoom.us/j/7615505720
You will need to register first at Zoom.us to join us online. If would like to join us but don’t want to mess with Zoom, you can use your telephone and call:
(346) 248-7799 and then enter the meeting ID: 761 550 5720
Being The Church In A Time Of Crisis
Now, probably more than ever, we need to be people of prayer. Prayer can be a difficult exercise at the moment, with so many distractions and so much anxiety about what’s happening in the world right now. But prayer is the way through this global crisis. Setting our hearts and minds on Jesus will not only provide us with the virtue of hope, but it will make a more loving people. Prayer changes our hearts and minds in a way that nothing else can.
We should also be very diligent about acts of love and compassion. Do not assume your neighbors are ok. Check on them. Give them a call. If you’ve never met them or don’t know them well, now is a great time to change that. Call people you know from St. Laurence. Call your family. Love is difficult from a distance but not impossible.
I am praying for all of you, for good health and for your well-being. May God bless you during these days that we give thanks for Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.