Dear Christ Church,
I have spoken often of the need for us to stay connected, directing you to the join a small “Online Community” of Christ Churchers on our Coronavirus update page. Here are a couple of additional ways to read, pray, and grow together in these weeks …
Mere Christianity Book Club. Join others at Christ Church for a “shelter in place” book club, where you’ll be reading C.S. Lewis’s classic text Mere Christianity and meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 7:30-8:30pm, beginning this Sunday (March 29) to discuss the book that made Lewis the 20th century’s greatest Christian apologist. Lewis originally wrote the chapters of Mere Christianity as a series of BBC radio talks delivered to Britain during the WWII attacks on London. Lewis was speaking to a world that had turned upside down, and we believe his encouragement will be timely for us as well.
Register here, and jump right into the first 5 chapters this weekend. The chapters are short and you can even watch them, while cooking dinner or folding laundry, here at the YouTube Lewis Doodle channel. All you need to do is read and click on this Zoom link to show up. If you aren’t familiar with Zoom, come 5-10 minutes early and we will help you figure out how to navigate the platform. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to test Zoom ahead of time.
Lenten Prayer Vigil, April 3-4. We had already been planning to have a prayer vigil during Lent, but under the circumstances we (and the world for which we’ll pray) need it even more than we knew. The “Rule of St. Benedict” (established in the mid-6th century A.D.) is considered one of the most influential developments in the history and formation of Western Christianity. One key practice of this monastic order is “praying of the hours” — seven times per day and once at night. As part of our Lenten discipline together, we invite you to join us from your own home via this Zoom link April 3-4 to pray and keep these hours. This will also be a chance to learn more about Benedictine spirituality and how it can still richly inform our own lives and faith today. Register here, and you will be prompted to select which scheduled prayer time (your “attendee type”) you will participate in:
- Vespers at 5pm on Friday
- Compline at 10pm on Friday
- Vigils at 4am on Saturday morning
- Lauds at 6am on Saturday morning
- Terce at 9am on Saturday morning
- Sext at 1pm on Saturday
- None at 3:30pm on Saturday
- Vespers at 5pm on Saturday
Join Us for Sunday Worship. Go to the Coronavirus Update Page on our website to join us for worship at 11:00am on March 29. We’ve also added some more resources and opportunities so check that page out. Our Worship Pastor Wes made a playlist of musical settings of the psalm for you to listen to in preparation for Sunday. Listen here (no subscription needed, but only works in a desktop browser).
We encourage you to have the liturgy and live stream open in two windows on your device, or you could go full screen for the live stream on one device, and have the liturgy from our website on another. Some people find it preferable to print the liturgy from our live stream page in advance. The online liturgy will include details like announcements, and prayer requests that you can respond to, and a link for the offering. We encourage you to interact with each other throughout the service on the YouTube live stream chat feature. Yes, you can talk during church!
Grace and peace,