All Souls Response to the Coronavirus.
All Souls Wheaton is not immune to the overwhelming effect that the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on all of us, including places of worship. While saddened that we can’t all be together under one roof, we are still bound together in Spirit and Truth through our Lord. Watch our home page, this page, and our e-news for upcoming innovative ways we can “come together” virtually.
You can still worship
Take advantage of the Daily Offices. A key piece of the Anglican Way since the reformation has been morning and evening prayer. These services can be said alone or in small groups, and don’t require clergy. The Daily Prayer page on our website has links for morning and evening prayer that you can read on your phone or computer, as well as PDFs of the prayer booklets that we print out for each season. You could even take an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the ACNA’s new prayer book, which has Morning and Evening Prayer services, along with shorter family prayer services. Physical copies are back-ordered, but you can download the whole thing as a PDF on their website.
During this time, we have moved to streaming online Sunday services at All Souls.
You can still be the church to the world
As a people who live in the light of Christ, who believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, we can serve our neighbors and friends with the love of Christ. Check in with your neighbors and see if they have the essentials that they need. Share a few rolls of toilet paper with someone who couldn’t get to the store before it was all sold out. The whole article is good, but I especially recommend the last section of Andy Crouch’s piece ‘Love in the Time of Coronavirus‘, where he says things like “We have an unprecedented chance to act redemptively in the midst of crisis and fear.”
Let’s take wise precautions for the sake of our community, but let’s not forget the One who has called us to be His hands and feet in the world. And ultimately, may everything we do be motivated by love, which casts out fear.