Radio Worship Opportunities
6:30 AM Channel 26 (NBC26 Green Bay WGBA)
Time of Grace Ministries (TV-G) Time of Grace is for people who want more growth and less struggle in their spiritual walk. We connect people to God's grace so they can start living in freedom
9:00 AM First Lutheran (ELCA) WOMT Radio 1230 AM
Worship will still happen at 9am on Sunday morning, but we gather through our radio broadcast. Listen to 1240 WOMT AM, livestream from their website (womtradio.com and click "listen live"), or (if staff can get infrastructure set up) Facebook Live
Live streams via the Internet
8:00 am St Thomas (Episcopal) Menasha, Live Stream
https://www.stthomaswi.com/important-information/ link from their website
9:00 am All Saints (Episcopal), Chicago
Worship Alternatives March 21 2020.docx
9:00 am Intersession / Beloved Community (Episcopal/ELCA), Stevens Point
We will be livestreaming the 9:00 am service on our church's Facebook (FB) page. If you are unsure of how to access this virtual service, follow these steps:
Both of these are via Facebook Live,. The videos will also be posted on Facebook for later viewing
10:00am St. Thomas (Episcopal) Menasha, Live Stream
10:15 AM Morning Prayer with Bishop Matthew Gunter from Grace (Episcopal), Sheboygan
http://www.gracesheboygan.com/index.php/grace-abounds Click on "live stream" link on the upper right hand of the web site
Worshiping on your own at Home
The Book of Common Prayer is online and can be found here www.bcponline.org. On the left side of the page are a series of links to different services. Click on The Daily Office, then go to Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families where there are short services for various times of the day. For those who would like less-gendered language than what is in the prayer book, go to the pdf of Enriching Our Worship by clicking here, or to the New Zealand Prayer Book here.
The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces offers this prayer when one cannot attend worship:
In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come. Amen.
Thanks to Interim Rector Stephen Applegate and Associate Rector Andrew Rutledge, All Saints, Chicago, for these home worship resources.
Friday Morning Prayer at St. James
6:30AM Friday Morning Prayer is now available by calling in on your phone, tablet or computer. Currently this is a voice (audio) only service, no video. We have a variety of Worship Leaders who will guide us through the service. Morning Prayer generally lasts half an hour.
These are the links to access the service:
To enter Morning Prayer via phone dial: (571) 317-3122
and when directed enter the Access Code: 780 162 197 #
If instructed to enter an "Audio Pin" enter #
Join via your computer or tablet at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/780162197
Here's a summary of what to expect:
To help keep people healthy and to minimize the spread of the coronavirus NO in-person worship services, meetings or gatherings of St James congregation will be held until further notice.
"God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to us as we await in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make us the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. AMEN."
Dear members and friends of St James Episcopal Church, Manitowoc:
We are finding ourselves and the rest of the world in a time of great uncertainty. A lot has happened since we last gathered for Worship on March 15. As we expected might happen, we have now been directed to suspend all in-person worship, meetings, and group activities at St James Episcopal Church until further notice.
The Vestry and I, along with others in the congregation and beyond, are working on ways that we can stay connected as a community and continue to serve in various ministries as shown to us through Jesus's example. We will keep you informed as things change or progress.
While we will not have our own Sunday service on March 22, there are places listed below that you may be able to connect to. We are looking at our options for resuming Worship within our St James community. We are also working on setting up a way to hold necessary meetings remotely. We are putting a calling group together that will keep in touch with members of the congregation for support in these anxious times and to help meet physical needs.
I will make home or hospital visits on an as-needed basis and as I am allowed. Some of these guidelines are changing rapidly, but I will find a way to connect with anyone who is in need of pastoral care or any other kind of need. You can contact me by email or phone (email@example.com or 920-860-5151) and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Let us continue to pray for one another and for the world. Here is the prayer I read on Sunday. "A Prayer for Facing Uncertainty" from the New Zealand Prayer Book:
"God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to us as we await in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make us the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. Amen."
Below is the most recent statement for Bishop Matt.
May God's blessing be upon you.
The Rev Diane M Murray, Rector
St James Episcopal Church, Manitowoc
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP MATT
To the Diocese of Fond du Lac
In response to the latest directives from the CDC (no gatherings larger than 50) and the White House (no gatherings larger than 10) we will be suspending in person public worship in the Diocese of Fund du Lac until further notice. I also urge you not to meet in person unless absolutely necessary.
This is not a decision I take lightly. As I wrote in my statement last Friday, in an outbreak of serious infectious disease as we are experiencing, loving our neighbor means keeping our distance. In that way we hope to "flatten the curve". It is about balancing our need to gather for worship over against our need to love our neighbor and not spread the disease.
I know this will make many aspects of worship and ministry difficult. Along with the Task Force of healthcare experts I announced on Friday, I am also forming sub-groups to help gather ideas and resources for doing worship, pastoral care, and faith formation during this time while it is inadvisable to meet together.
For those congregations not equipped to live stream or otherwise post their own worship at this time, I will be live streaming worship for Grace, Sheboygan this Sunday at 10:15. You can access that by going to www.gracesheboygan.com/index.php/grace-abounds
St. Thomas, Menasha live streams their worship www.facebook.com/stthomaswi
Intercession-Beloved Community, Stevens Point also live streams their worship by way of Facebook www.facebook.com/Intercession-Episcopal-Church-209002342447102
It may well be that your church will be doing so as well
I will also be posting, this Saturday, a video Lenten Retreat on Julian of Norwich who lived in a time of pandemic, political unrest, and other uncertainty yet found peace and hope in spite of that. More details on how to access the video will be posted on the diocesan website soon.
I will also be mailing a letter to each member of the diocese this week. It will contain information about Covid-19 and where things stand in our diocese.
In the meantime, here is a quote that I find reassuring:
"He who is anxious and knows Christ may be assured that he is not alone in his anxiety, but that Christ, too, has gone through it. And this means a completely new attitude toward the future; no longer is the future a befogged landscape into which I peer anxiously because all kinds of obscure perils are brewing there for me. No, everything is changed: we do not know what is coming, but we know *who* is coming. And he who possesses the last hour no longer needs to fear the next minute."
- Helmut Thielicke (1908-1986), 'On Being Afraid of Life' in 'Christ and the Meaning of Life'
And here is a prayer:
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
- Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Under the mercy,
The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, VIII Bishop of Fond du Lac