From Bishop Larry:
It feels like it’s been too long since we were able to sit down together in worship and in friendship! But, we’re told, it hasn’t been long enough. It hasn’t been long enough to help the massive effort underway all across the world to reestablish environments that are safe for us; all of us. So each time our congregation doesn’t gather, we’re part of an effort of healing across every barrier that human beings seem to think they need to stay safe. Our barriers are not helping now. Our cooperation is. This coronavirus is contracted the same in Kentucky as in France or Britain or Nigeria.
We have not had an experience like this pandemic since 1918. Leadership around the world has had to learn new ways of thinking and responding. The result has not been even, but I want to thank Governor Beshear and Bishop Van Koevering, who from the start, have been clear about what will be our best actions. We have hard times ahead, but the people of God have had hard times before and, always, God has been in the midst of the storms to love, guide and encourage us.
In my reading this morning from Michael Meade’s book, Awakening the Soul, I found these words to be deeply descriptive of our day:
“The human soul is ancient and resilient. At some ancestral level, it remains connected to the ground of being and the roots of renewal… Unfortunately, it usually takes some challenging and fateful event for the little-self to let go and wake up to the true situation. Often we have to feel we are at the end of our rope or barely hanging by a thread before the shaky inner ruler will accept that someone or something else better knows what is needed…Only then can we find the saving grace that is always nearby in the form of the innate Wisdom of our own Soul.”
We are likely in just that kind of fateful time. The world that we once knew is not ending for most of us. But I pray God that where we find ourselves today will inform a new way of understanding the future.
I plan to be with you via the internet on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. Remember that the first Easter happened with a tiny gathering of women at the empty tomb. We love to celebrate this day! But this year may new truth dawn as we protect one another by staying home. God is with you!
There is no doubt that these coronavirus pandemic days are trying times. If you are experiencing difficulties or have a need of some kind, please contact Kristie Jones or one of the other Vestry members. Remember, we are a family and are here for each other.
Even though the church buildings are closed, St. Philip’s still has bills to pay. If you don’t have your pledge deposited electronically, please continue to support St. Philip’s by mailing your contribution to the church office (118 W. Poplar St. Harrodsburg, KY 40330). You may also give to St. Philip’s on the Diocese’s website (diolex.org) for online giving. The button below will take you directly to online giving-
This is an easy way to make your contribution. Just be sure you select St. Philip’s Harrodsburg in the drop-down menu as to where you want your money to go. You will get a receipt via email.
We are asking everyone to stay home to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
We will provide the Weekly Readings & Gospel for the Sermon of each week to correspond.
Also, look for weekly announcements & other worship materials in the coming days as we continue to adjust to our circumstances.
To learn more, click the links below to read letters from Father Larry Maze, & our Senior Warden regarding the virus.
Also attached below is the Prayers of the people.
A prayer for Service
Almighty God, assist us to see your vision of the growth and vitality of St. Philip's. Help us to reach those who do not know your saving grace. Deepen our commitment; increase our faith and trust, that we may live as witnesses to you. May the Holy Spirit lead us to the service you would have us do, as servants of Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.