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'COVID-19' Tagged Posts

'COVID-19' Tagged Posts

The Distress of Change

Change is, in a word, hard. It is hard especially when we feel like we don’t have a whole lot of control over the change that is happening. And it gets even harder when those things upon which we have relied are themselves changing. I am not sure about you, but I have certainly felt that way over the last several months. The very things that were the touchstones of my week began to shift underneath my feet. Gathering together…

Pilgrimage in an Uncertain Time

We have reached a milestone as a parish. It is not a milestone that we necessarily knew that we would reach, and it certainly is not one that we had any desire to reach.  You see, it was four months ago today that we had to shift how we were doing church. Church of the Epiphany moved from our regular rhythm of worship and gathering as a community to doing those same things by way of online technology. While we…

A Living Sacrifice, Holy & Acceptable to God

It’s has been a long spring season as we turn the corner to the summer months. The last 90 days have been incredibly different for us as a church, and we have shifted how we practice community time and again as we have attempted to weather the Coronavirus pandemic that is gripping the world right now. We began those shifts around March 15 of this year. On Sunday, we will mark a full 90 days of worshipping by remote means,…

Rogation, Creation, and a Pandemic

In one week’s time, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on May 21. It is a feast day that happens every year and is considered one of the principle feasts of the church year. On the Sunday prior to the feast of the Ascension, the church recognizes another type of celebration called Rogation Sunday.  Rogation days originated in the 5th century in France when a bishop called for days of fasting and prayer to ward off a…

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services upgraded the community spread of COVID-19 from “Moderate” to “Widespread.” With the upgraded status, it seems more than prudent for Church of the Epiphany’s campus to be closed. In real terms, this means that the staff of our parish will…

COVID-19: A Message from the Rector – March 17, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. By now, many of you may have seen the news from Bishop Jennifer Reddall regarding public worship in our congregations. I fully support our bishop’s decision to suspend in-person worship. At this point, it has been suspended until April 20, 2020.  The season of Lent is a season of fasting and…

A Message from the Rector: Parish Updates around COVID-19

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to you today to inform you of new developments for our parish as it relates to the current public health emergency surrounding COVID-19.  After prayer and discernment with the clergy leadership and wardens of our parish, we believe that it is prudent for our parish to take some…