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Snow days at Grace Church
On January 30, 2014
A note from Fr. Todd about inclement weather:
From our Catechism (BCP p. 856/7) we know that it is the duty of all Christians to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God. For 155 years the people of Grace Church have come together each and every Sunday for corporate worship as we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments. On occasions when one cannot join with us, it is of comfort to many, that their community continues to worship.
On Sunday, Jan. 5, we had a heavy snowfall starting at 6 a.m. and lasting most of the daylight hours. I received a number of calls and e-mails as to whether we were going to “cancel church” as a number of protestant churches had already announced. It is never our intention to “cancel church,” as with the presence of one priest and one lay person, we will continue in the breaking of bread and in the prayers, in the proclamation of the Gospel and in our praise to God. In those days when the rectory was next to the church, this was less of an effort.
Everyone must use their best judgment on whether to travel in bad weather. Never allow your personal safety to be subordinate to a sense of duty. On January 5 I had three lay readers and members of the altar guild call me to ask if they should come to church. I shared these thoughts with them, and we managed just fine with a much smaller number of support ministers. If you are scheduled to serve on Sunday morning and for whatever reason cannot be with us, please call my extension and leave me a voice message (314-821-1806 ext. 14). As long as I know not to expect you, it is not a problem for us to make other arrangements.
Every Episcopalian should have a Book of Common Prayer in your home, or you can find it on the internet. On those occasions that you cannot join us for corporate worship due to illness, weather, or if you are caring for another, turn to page 75 in the BCP and read Morning Prayer from your home. You will be with us and continue to be a part of our tradition, for according to our own history in Parish Register Number One “In the year 1854, H.I. Bodley commenced lay reading at his residence for his own family.”
Be safe and know that your community offers prayer for you and all those in need.
Yours in Christ,