Coronavirus & Sunday Services
Message from the Rector
We are living a story right now, one that will be told for a long time to come, a chapter in God’s Great Story of making all things new. We are in this together, and even though we are temporarily separated by physical distance we are united as the body of Christ. Just as with every previous generation of the church, our vocation is to love God and our neighbor, in whatever historical conditions we find ourselves. This unprecedented disruption does not simply “push pause” on our worship, formation, mission, and community. These unprecedented conditions provide the very soil from which our adaptive worship, formation, mission, and community grow in 2020. Our approach to the Coronavirus is an opportunity to love our neighbor in the way we respond:
We are people of peace – Let’s engage our city as a non-anxious presence, love courageously in the midst of fear, pray for our city, the nation, and the world. Let’s hear the words our Lord spoke to the stormy seas, “Peace, be still,” mirroring the power of God’s words that created those very seas.
We are people of prayer – In prayer we intercede for others and stand in the gaps. Brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world and throughout history have stood, non-anxiously and in prayer, with fidelity in the face of difficulty and suffering. God’s people shine in these moments as a light on a hill; let’s take our place.
We are people of presence – We cannot foresee the future; to try would be idle speculation and vain imagination. We take planning seriously, and advice from credible experts, but we stay in the moment, present to the people around us and our Father who is not the least bit shaken.
We are a people of generosity – We want to love our neighbor, and serve the common good of our city. In this particular moment, we lovingly protect the vulnerable in our city when we practice proper hygiene and, as an act of love, impose upon ourselves restrictions or inconveniences, such as social distancing. Let’s practice radical servanthood and generosity in the midst of uncertainty.
We invite you to join us at 8:00pm, Thursday April 9th, for our Maundy Thursday service. We’ll be joined remotely by Old Testament professor Dr. Sandra Richter from Westmont College to explore the gospel accounts to draw out the meaning of the Supper our Lord instituted.
You live: East of I35, South of 290, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White
Meet at: Christ Church Courtyard
You live: West of I35, East of MoPac, South of 2222, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White
Meet at: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
You live: South of 183, West of I35 & MoPac, North of 222 & Bee Caves Road
Meet at: Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. (under the massive oak tree)
You live: South of Bee Caves Road, West of MoPac
Meet at: Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.
You live: East of MoPac, South of Hwy. 71/Ben White
Meet at: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.
You live: North of 183
Meet at: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 North Lamar Blvd.
If there’s something you need help with, you’re not alone! We are a people reliant on God’s provision.
Ways to serve each other
Tell us about your need and we will try to connect you with someone from our community. If you are able to give of your time, energy or skills, let us know.
The Daily Office
Book of Common Prayer
That the Works of God Might be Revealed
Ruth Haley Barton
Public Health Info & Updates
The latest guidance from the CDC
AustinTexas.gov – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Updates from the City of Austin
Christ Church Digital How-to’s
Life in Quarantine
Quarantine Playlist for Christ Church
Songs that might bring comfort or nourishment during the Coronavirus quarantine