From the Rector

St Stephen’s Coorparoo

No Sunday services at the church building, but gather by internet or phone in.

Parishioners of St Stephen’s Coorparoo and friends,

Due to Coronavirus, Sunday services will not be held at the St Stephen’s Coorparoo church building until further notice.

For this Sunday, we are working on providing the opportunity for you to use internet or phone up, to hear a Bible Reading, sermon and prayers.

We plan to send you an email tomorrow with more information about this, including the time for this “virtual service”, and also some resources and links to encourage you.

We have been guided in what we do by the advice of Federal and State Health authorities and also the Anglican Church Southern Queensland. The reason for cancelling our physical meeting together, is to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The Anglican Church Southern Queensland has a web page, which has helpful links to Government health information. https://anglicanchurchsq.org.au/covid/

We have carefully thought of everyone who attends the 7:30am service. Members of the 7:30am service with no email have been being rung today by a team of 7:30am-ers, including them being asked if they need anything and have anything they would like prayer for. The person ringing also offered to read a passage of the Bible and pray with them on the phone. The 7:30am phone-ers are also hoping to ring folk with email as well.

We will seek to follow up and ring folk from the 9:30am and 6:30pm service who do not have and receive St Stephen’s emails, but if you know of someone please ring them.

These are uncertain, changing times. Let us be thankful and hold on to our unchanging God.

We have a God who is the great, supreme God, and is also loving, caring and close. God came to us in Jesus Christ, who gave his life to pay for our separation from God due to sin. We can trust in Him and have him with us, by His Spirit, as we face these uncertain times. We can call out to him in prayer.

I know many of us have family and friends in the high risk category, and are looking after them. Should you have an urgent need of supplies and food, or would like prayer, please contact the office.

Please think how you can care for other members of the church and also our community.

You may like to pray the following prayer:

A prayer for our times.

Sovereign Lord, you are the hope and healer of your people and have promised a world where there is no more sickness or crying or death.  

By your death and resurrection you have set your people free from the penalty of sin and death.  

We pray your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Please prosper the work of those who are seeking a vaccine for the coronavirus, please strengthen those who are treating the sick, please comfort those who are mourning the loss of loved ones or living in fear of this disease.  

Please give to governing authorities wisdom in their management of this crisis, and give to your people your peace beyond understanding, generous and wise hearts and a renewed trust in your sovereign goodness and glory.  

Turn the hearts of many now experiencing fear and anxiety that they they may find that peace which is the fruit of the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray, Amen.

(The Dean of Sydney)

Attached is an article about responding to COVID_19 produced by the Gospel in Society Today ‘GIST’ Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Qld.

Continue to pray and look after each other.

God bless you,

Jeremy

Rev Jeremy Gehrmann

Rector, St Stephen’s Coorparoo

19 March 2020