Update as of March 28, 2020

A Message from Mother Leslie

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In seminary one day we walked into our Moral Theology (Ethics) class and our professor sprang a pop quiz on us. There was one question: Name the Ten Commandments.

Growing up as an Episcopalian, in every service of Holy Communion (once a month), we recited the Ten Commandments. We were in our second year of seminary and I’d read the whole Bible. I thought, this will be easy!

I quickly wrote them down in order, then counted them: Nine Commandments. What commandment is missing?!? I thought frantically to no avail: my brain froze. When time was up, I had only nine commandments written and not a single clue which one I’d missed. My professor collected our quizzes and went on with class. I suspect I didn’t hear a word because I continued to obsess: which commandment had I forgotten?

After class I gathered in the hallway with my classmates and found out I was far from the only one. Only the best student in our class had been able to name them all correctly. (If you are a Harry Potter fan, she was our class Hermione.)

Everyone else had forgotten one. We frantically flipped through our Prayer Books (faster than a Bible) and found the Decalogue. There was a collective slapping of ourselves on our foreheads as we were reminded what we’d forgotten.

An interesting pattern emerged. Everyone correctly named thou shalt not murder and thou shalt not steal, commandments we all obeyed without question. Instead we realized that we’d each forgotten the commandment we most often broke. For some it was, “Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.” For others, “Honor they father and thy mother.” For me it was most definitely a commandment I broke routinely:

“Thou shalt keep holy the Sabbath day.”

In seminary to make ends meet, I worked. A lot. In addition to being a full time grad student, I was the chief sacristan in the chapel, overseeing 20 services a week in the seminary chapel. A separate job had me producing bulletins for all of those different services. I interned at the National Council of Churches. I worked in the campus bookstore. I even washed dishes in the refectory (the fancy word for a seminary cafeteria). At the height, I worked approximately 36 hours a week in addition to school work and my non-stipendiary field placement in a church.

I never rested. I did not even keep a Sabbath day, much less keep it holy. That pop quiz was a wake up call. I still worked many hours and studied hard to keep my straight A average. It’s something I had to do to survive seminary in New York City where life was expensive. I thought, when I get in a parish, I’m going to balance my life.

When I got into a parish, it turns out balance was harder than I thought. But every time I start to give up my day off to work, I think about that pop quiz.

I tell you all of this because for many of us right now, our regular rhythm of life has been upended. We are working more or working less. I’ve been working hard to get up to speed on livestreaming worship and going on webinars and trying to keep in touch with folks. And finally today, I set a sabbath day.

I haven’t kept it as much of a Sabbath as I thought I would. But I can truly say, I kept it holy. I pledge to you (and especially my wife Katie) that I will keep the fourth commandment regularly.

How are your days going? Are you following a schedule? Are you taking time of Sabbath, which may not be a sabbath from work, but perhaps a sabbath from news or from social media? Let’s sabbath together. On the seventh day of creation, God rested. It’s tempting in the midst of anxiety to never rest. Please do rest. Take a deep breath. Say a prayer. Play a game or Facetime a friend.

In my case, I made a celebration out of my day by putting on my very special, only worn on special occasions, sparkly Barry Manilow t-shirt. It reminded me not to take myself so seriously. I pray your sabbath is similarly harmonious.

In the peace of Christ,

Leslie+

Mother Leslie in her sparkly Manilow t-shirt (drinking coffee from her Manilow mug)

Live action photos! On the left, Carol Nissen prays along with the Sunday worship service on March 22. Take a selfie of you praying during livestream worship and send it to Mother Leslie at leslie@allsaintsfl.org. On the right, the Vestry meets via Zoom for the first time.


During This Time

We continue to watch the developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the guidance of the diocese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health.

Please be sure to visit All Saints’ dedicated COVID-19 web page for ongoing updates and alerts. Click here to visit the page.

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family, visit the CDC’s website. Click here for more information from the CDC.

New Calendar
As you may be aware, the calendar we were using when we launched the new website gave us some unexpected challenges that made it less than usable from both the viewer and the updater perspectives. We are happy to announce that we have launched a new calendar on the website that makes it much easier for you to see what activities are going on at All Saints. And yes, even with the COVID-19 crisis, there is still much going on at All Saints, albeit mostly virtual and livestreaming.

Check out the new calendar (Click Here). You will see all events happening each day. You can hover over the event to see more detail and then click on the event to see all the detail. You can view the calendar in various ways (list, monthly, daily) and you can search for an event you might know is happening but you don’t know when.

Take a minute and check it out. If you don’t find an event you think should be on the calendar, please let Michael know.

Virtual Worship
As many of you know, we have suspended all in-person services and other events until further notice. Mother Leslie has morning conference calls with the Bishop and other clergy in the diocese to strategize how best to navigate these unfamiliar waters. We remain committed to social distancing and doing our part to disrupt the community spread of COVID-19.

To ensure worship goes as undisrupted as possible, Church leaders have established a new live streaming service. The following services will be live streamed until further notice:

  • Sunday morning service at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday service at 12:05 p.m.
  • Thursday evening Vespers at 6:30 p.m.
  • Now more nights with streaming Compline! Tune in to pray Compline with us at 8:30PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Mother Leslie and a rotation of lay officiants will lead it from their homes each of those nights.

Please visit the following website to access the live stream: https://vimeo.com/allsaintsftl.

You may also see live stream worship on our Facebook Page.

Should any changes need to be made to our worship schedule or planned events, we will notify the congregation by email and updates on our Facebook page.

Additional Virtual Worship and Reflection Resources

  • A Message from Richard Rohr about COVID-19 Love Alone Overcomes Fear https://cac.org/love-alone-overcomes-fear-2020-03-19/
    (On this website you may sign up for daily reflections from Fr. Rohr, an incredible spiritual writer.)
  • This article introduces a sixth stage of grief: “That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief”: https://tinyurl.com/svhf8fc
  • A Reflection from Frederick Buechner who wrote, “All we can do is to draw close to God and to each other as best we can.”

    “On the evening of the day the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists, a service was hastily improvised in one of the largest New York churches, where crowds of both believers and nonbelievers came together in search of whatever it is people search for at such times—some word of reassurance, some glimmer of hope.

    “‘At times like these,’ the speaker said, ‘God is useless.’”

    “When I first heard of it, it struck me as appalling, and then it struck me as very brave, and finally it struck me as true. When horrors happen we can’t use God to make them unhappen any more than we can use a flood of light to put out a fire or Psalm 23 to find our way home in the dark. All we can do is to draw close to God and to each other as best we can, the way those stunned New Yorkers did, and to hope that, although God may well be useless when all hell breaks loose, there is nothing that happens, not even hell, where God is not present with us and for us.”

    -Originally published in Buechner’s book Beyond Words
    (Thank you to Mother Leslie’s friend the Rev. Holly Herring for posting this.)

What You Can Do

Volunteers Needed
The Congregational Care Team wants to help keep our community knitted together during this time. We have two possible ways of doing that as of today. 

First, Members of the Team will call parishioners once a week, just to check in, to pray if requested, and to see if anything is needed.

Nine Congregational Care Team members have already started doing this, with more possible. If you would like a weekly call, or if you know of someone in the Parish who would, please let Greg Moore (moore.unwin@icloud.com), Michael Lee (michael@allsaintsfl.org) or Mother Leslie (leslie@allsaintsfl.org) know.

Second, Nick Cowart, who works in human resources, has offered a ministry of career counseling and resume writing. If you, or someone in your family, has temporarily or permanently lost employment during the shutdown and would like counseling or resume help, please contact Nick at nickcowart954@gmail.com

Please think of ways that you can reach out to members of the Parish, as well as neighbors, friends, and family. We are all in this together, still upheld and sheltered in the loving arms of God.  

Virtual Collection Plate
Although we are physically apart, All Saints continues to need your financial support. Please consider donating online, through your bank, or by mail. Stewardship expresses our conviction that our faith calls us to strengthen our communities, even more so during this difficult time.

Donations to All Saints can be made online via the “Donate” tab on the website or by following this link: https://allsaintsfl.networkforgood.com/projects/77126-online-giving

Payments can also be made by mail. Please note our donation envelopes cannot be mailed on their own; they must be placed inside a regular envelope.

Invite Your Friends
As we move online, there are no geographic restrictions on the All Saints community! Please invite your friends and relatives near and far to “Like” All Saints on Facebook and join the All Saints Church email list to receive updates.

Pray Without Ceasing: Online Devotions

A Prayer in Time of Pandemic
Written by the Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger, The William Meade Chair of Systematic Theology at the Virginia Theological Seminary

This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures. We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that seem all too real to us now. Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place! Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors. Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination. Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life. All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, even Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord. Amen.

For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty
From A 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 all

who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

for your will is health and wholeness;

you are God, and we need you.

Prayers and Thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer has a wealth of prayers and collects. Spend some time exploring the Prayers and Thanksgivings found beginning on page 810. You may also read and pray them on this link: https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/prayers_and_thanksgivings.php#Prayers

Additional Online Devotions

All Saints Episcopal Church

Virtual Talent Showcase
One great way to care for ourselves in time of stress and uncertainty is to make time for our creative life. We are told in Genesis that we are made “imago dei” — in the image of God. What does that mean? For many, it means that we share in God’s ability and delight in creative activity.

How are you expressing your creativity during this time? Perhaps you are painting, or writing poems, or taking photographs, or baking, or knitting, or singing, or playing music. Whatever you are you are doing, share it with us in a virtual talent show! Send photos or videos to me at leslie@allsaintsfl.org and we’ll share in future emails and on Facebook!

I’ll share something I didn’t create myself, but that reminds us that God created the world and saw that it was good! It also makes me personally joyful, for it features some of my family.

In this video, our brother-in-law, Fr. Ian Lasch, Rector of Grace Church in Jefferson City, MO, reads a God story to his oldest son, our nephew Elias (5). This is truly the Good News we need right now. (Younger nephew Ezra appears in the comments.) https://www.facebook.com/487892308314525/posts/920465488390536/

You should be able to view this video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Reminder of Activity Cancellations
With the exception of the 12 step program, all worship, events, and other gatherings are canceled until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Offices at All Saints will also be closed until April 15. Calls and emails will be accepted and answered as usual. Standing meetings of committees will either be rescheduled, or held via web-conferencing.

Participants in the 12 step program meetings are asked to follow general disease prevention protocol. This programming will continue to meet per Bishop Eaton’s advice.

 


Update as of March 24, 2020

A Message from Mother Leslie

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Be not afraid!

Today is the feast day of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the young woman Mary to tell her she was to bear God’s son. Gabriel tells Mary something we hear many times in scripture: Do not be afraid! In this email you will find a link to a sermon by Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber on how this is easier said than done. I commend it to you. I don’t know anyone who is not afraid right now. Fear is a natural human response to danger and lack of certainty. As Bolz Weber reminds us, the task of a follower of Jesus is to love in the midst of fear. I’m getting lots of practice in this these days!

I see every day that we are all aching for spiritual connection because of this fear. It was most apparent on Sunday after I ended the live stream feed of our Sunday morning worship. It had been a difficult broadcast because of connectivity problems in St. Luke’s Chapel where there is no wifi signal. I got messages during the service that the video was freezing up, and there was nothing I could do about it but continue the service. I was disappointed and stressed as I ended the video. Then I looked at the numbers. Even with the technical difficulties, 450+ people had tuned into our worship for at least part of the service! I was blown away!

The good news is that we are continuing to improve our new skills every day. We are running a router into St. Luke’s Chapel so that by the Wednesday 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist, we will have wifi there. Tonight your Vestry and I will meet in our inaugural use of Zoom for a video meeting. Look later this week about other ways we will use Zoom, including Virtual Coffee Hour!

I’m still afraid, sometimes. Not even sometimes. If I’m honest, I’m often afraid. But I’m also feeling the grace of finding new ways to be the church. I’m feeling the courage of allowing God to be in charge. Truthfully, God was always in charge. That hasn’t changed. The thing that has changed is my admitting to myself that my control was always an illusion.

In the peace of Christ,

Leslie+

Mother Leslie, Compline

Live action photos! On the left, Mother Leslie leading Compline in her dining room. On the right, Frank and Polo watching Sunday Service. See below for details on accessing the live stream service.


During This Time
We continue to watch the developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the guidance of the diocese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health.

Please be sure to visit All Saints’ dedicated COVID-19 web page for ongoing updates and alerts. Click here to visit the page.

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family, visit the CDC’s website. Click here for more information from the CDC.

Virtual Worship
As many of you know, we have suspended all in-person services and other events until further notice. Mother Leslie has morning conference calls with the Bishop and other clergy in the diocese to strategize how best to navigate these unfamiliar waters. We remain committed to social distancing and doing our part to disrupt the community spread of COVID-19.

To ensure worship goes as undisrupted as possible, Church leaders have established a new live streaming service. The following services will be live streamed until further notice:

  • Sunday morning service at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday service at 12:05 p.m.
  • Thursday evening Vespers at 6:30 p.m.
  • Compline will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Please visit the following website to access the live stream: https://vimeo.com/allsaintsftl.
You may also see live stream worship on our Facebook Page.

Should any changes need to be made to our worship schedule or planned events, we will notify the congregation by email and updates on our Facebook page.

Additional Virtual Worship Resources

  • Sunday Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, Bishop of Washington, on March 22 at the Washington National Cathedral:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eFJE7js-4a0
  • Sermon by Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber: “Be Not Afraid” <–(um, yeah…ok)
    Her blog post includes a link to her video on Facebook with this sermon. I recommend watching it if you can rather than reading the post.Note: Bolz Weber has a brief use of coarse language in this sermon. https://tinyurl.com/t5leab4
  • Habits of grace, a reflection series by our Presiding Bishop. New videos are posted each Monday. https://episcopalchurch.org/habits-of-grace

What You Can Do

Volunteers Needed
The Congregational Care Team wants to help keep our community knitted together during this time. We have two possible ways of doing that as of today.

First, Members of the Team will call parishioners once a week, just to check in, to pray if requested, and to see if anything is needed.

Nine Congregational Care Team members have already started doing this, with more possible. If you would like a weekly call, or if you know of someone in the Parish who would, please let Greg Moore (moore.unwin@icloud.com), Michael Lee (michael@allsaintsfl.org) or Mother Leslie (leslie@allsaintsfl.org) know.

Second, Nick Cowart, who works in human resources, has offered a ministry of career counseling and resume writing. If you, or someone in your family, has temporarily or permanently lost employment during the shutdown and would like counseling or resume help, please contact Nick at nickcowart954@gmail.com.

Please think of ways that you can reach out to members of the Parish, as well as neighbors, friends, and family. We are all in this together, still upheld and sheltered in the loving arms of God. 

Virtual Collection Plate
Although we are physically apart, All Saints continues to need your financial support. Please consider donating online, through your bank, or by mail. Stewardship expresses our conviction that our faith calls us to strengthen our communities, even more so during this difficult time.

Donations to All Saints can be made online via the “Donate” tab on the website or by following this link: https://allsaintsfl.networkforgood.com/projects/77126-online-giving

Payments can also be made by mail. Please note our donation envelopes cannot be mailed on their own; they must be placed inside a regular envelope.

Invite Your Friends
As we move online, there are no geographic restrictions on the All Saints community! Please invite your friends and relatives near and far to“Like” All Saints on Facebookand join the All Saints Church email list to receive updates.

Pray Without Ceasing: Online Devotions
In the midst of this pandemic, it is the call of people of faith to pray. We offer this prayer from a friend and colleague, the Rev. Mary Ellen Cassini:

O God from whom we come and to whom we go, we pray for the health and wisdom of your people. May all affected by the virus be healed and may its spread be stopped. Help us to make wise decisions about our health and for all those we love.

We pray for all the medical professionals, for those who are in hospitals and medical centers, urgent care facilities, infirmaries and health care centers; for all caretakers in assisted living places and nursing homes. Also, for those who respond to emergencies throughout the day and night. Keep all health care workers safe and healthy.

We thank you for all those who have dedicated their lives to studying medicine and wellness. May research continue to be expanded and vaccines be safely made available to all.

Remind us, O Divine One, to remain calm, share our resources, and to wash our hands. Hear our prayers, O Lord, for continuing thoughtful and careful responses, with loving compassion for each other. Amen.

Additional Online Devotions

Sounds Inspirational: Musical Meditations
Episcopal Church Virtual Choir
Singers are invited to submit videos singing The Strife is O’er for Easter by Friday, March 27 as the church prepares a Virtual Choir for Easter! Instructions may be found at: https://episcopalchurch.org/virtual-choir

Enjoy the following musical pieces for inspiration and meditation.

  • The Roberts Chorale, who performed a concert at All Saints recently, performing “God Is our Refuge and Strength” and “Refuge.” https://youtu.be/scxK3MXZXOs
  • St. Thomas’ Fifth Avenue choir performing “Draw us in the Spirit’s tether”
    This hymn about discipleship based in the Eucharist was written by English Anglican priest, author and social-justice advocate Percy Dearmer (1867-1936).  It was first published in 1931. Tune: Union Seminary by Harold W. Friedell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLzRNzp3VQI
  • Cantus sings Bobby McFerrin’s beautiful work “The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother)”. https://youtu.be/91TbjlaS4kc

Reminder of Activity Cancellations
With the exception of the 12 step program, all worship, events, and other gatherings are canceled until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Offices at All Saints will also be closed until April 15. Calls and emails will be accepted and answered as usual. Standing meetings of committees will either be rescheduled, or held via web-conferencing.

Participants in the 12 step program meetings are asked to follow general disease prevention protocol. This programming will continue to meet per Bishop Eaton’s advice.


Update as of March 20, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In this time of anxiety and uncertainty for us all, I find myself searching for ways to cope, including a steady dose of humor. Which leads me to my not-so-serious question for us all: How is it we’ve all given up going to church for Lent?

This is actually a serious question as well. When we can’t go to the church building for worship, sacraments, learning, healing, and fellowship, where are we to go? A blessing in this time of social distancing is that God has given us the gift of technology. We are finding new virtual ways to be the body of Christ. The grace I’m finding now is that churches are sharing so many great ideas that are helpful not just during church closures but also going forward once we’re able to be physically present once again.

Our regular weekly email is late today because everything we do is being redesigned for our circumstances. Our usual eblast is full of announcements. Our eblasts during this time will be more frequent (look for emails Tuesday and Friday mornings) and offer opportunities to ground ourselves in spiritual ways through online worship, virtual fellowship, and meditations of many forms. There will be humor as well!

You have a role in this.

  • Everyday we will worship online at least once. Please join us through the link on our website, in this email, or on social media. Invite your friends!
  • Another way to help is to volunteer to keep in touch with parishioners and to let parish leaders know if you or someone else has a need. Information is found below on these efforts.
  • The cost of ministry is ongoing. Please prayerfully consider sending your pledges and donations online or by mail.
  • I am always looking for links and ideas that might be of interest to everyone. Feel free to send them to me at leslie@allsaintsfl.org or give me a call on my cell phone: 703-371-9433!
  • Send in pictures of what is going on in your life. Take a selfie of you worshiping with us—even in your pajamas! Show us lovely sights seen on your daily walk or your latest craft project. We want to see your smiling faces!
  • Most importantly pray for me and for one another! We’ll be organizing praying our way through our All Saints directory. Contact Michael Lee at michael@allsaintsfl.org if you’d like an electronic copy of the directory.

On a much more serious note, Bishop Eaton has extended the church closures until at least April 15. This means that Holy Week and Easter will be virtual rather than in person. I am working with our worship leaders and seeking out ideas from many sources to make our worship meaningful even in our grief at being apart during the holiest time of the church year.

I constantly pray for you in the words of St. Paul: I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5)

In the peace of Christ,

Leslie+


During This Time
We continue to watch the developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the guidance of the diocese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Florida Department of Health.

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family, visit the CDC’s website. Click here for more information from the CDC.

Virtual Worship
As many of you know, we have suspended all in-person services and other events until further notice. Mother Leslie has morning conference calls with the Bishop and other clergy in the diocese to strategize how best to navigate these unfamiliar waters. We remain committed to social distancing and doing our part to disrupt the community spread of COVID-19.

To ensure worship goes as undisrupted as possible, Church leaders have established a new live streaming service. The following services will be live streamed until further notice:

  • Sunday morning service at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday service at 12:05 p.m.
  • Thursday evening Vespers at 6:30 p.m.
  • Compline will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Please visit the following website to access the live stream: https://vimeo.com/allsaintsftl.

Should any changes need to be made to our worship schedule or planned events, we will notify the congregation by email and updates on our Facebook page.

Additional Virtual Worship Resources

What You Can Do

Volunteers Needed
The Congregational Care Team wants to help keep our community knitted together during this time. We have two possible ways of doing that as of today.

First, Members of the Team will call parishioners once a week, just to check in, to pray if requested, and to see if anything is needed.

Nine Congregational Care Team members have already started doing this, with more possible. If you would like a weekly call, or if you know of someone in the Parish who would, please let Greg Moore (moore.unwin@icloud.com), Michael Lee (michael@allsaintsfl.org) or Mother Leslie (leslie@allsaintsfl.org) know.

Second, Nick Cowart, who works in human resources, has offered a ministry of career counseling and resume writing. If you, or someone in your family, has temporarily or permanently lost employment during the shutdown and would like counseling or resume help, please contact Nick at nickcowart954@gmail.com.

Please think of ways that you can reach out to members of the Parish, as well as neighbors, friends, and family. We are all in this together, still upheld and sheltered in the loving arms of God.

Virtual Collection Plate
Although we are physically apart, All Saints continues to need your financial support. Please consider donating online, through your bank, or by mail. Stewardship expresses our conviction that our faith calls us to strengthen our communities, even more so during this difficult time.

Donations to All Saints can be made online via the “Donate” tab on the website or by following this link: https://allsaintsfl.networkforgood.com/projects/77126-online-giving

Payments can also be made by mail. Please note our donation envelopes cannot be mailed on their own; they must be placed inside a regular envelope.

Invite Your Friends
As we move online, there are no geographic restrictions on the All Saints community! Please invite your friends and relatives near and far to “Like” All Saints on Facebook and join the All Saints Church email list to receive updates.

Pray Without Ceasing: Online Devotions
In the midst of this pandemic, it is the call of people of faith to pray. We offer this prayer from a friend and colleague, the Rev. Mary Ellen Cassini:

O God from whom we come and to whom we go, we pray for the health and wisdom of your people. May all affected by the virus be healed and may its spread be stopped. Help us to make wise decisions about our health and for all those we love.

We pray for all the medical professionals, for those who are in hospitals and medical centers, urgent care facilities, infirmaries and health care centers; for all caretakers in assisted living places and nursing homes. Also, for those who respond to emergencies throughout the day and night. Keep all health care workers safe and healthy.

We thank you for all those who have dedicated their lives to studying medicine and wellness. May research continue to be expanded and vaccines be safely made available to all.

Remind us, O Divine One, to remain calm, share our resources, and to wash our hands. Hear our prayers, O Lord, for continuing thoughtful and careful responses, with loving compassion for each other. Amen.

Additional Online Devotions

Sounds Inspirational: Musical Meditations
Enjoy the following musical pieces for inspiration and meditation.

Reminder of Activity Cancellations
With the exception of the 12 step program, all worship, events, and other gatherings are canceled until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Offices at All Saints will also be closed until April 15. Calls and emails will be accepted and answered as usual. Standing meetings of committees will either be rescheduled, or held via web-conferencing.

Participants in the 12 step program meetings are asked to follow general disease prevention protocol. This programming will continue to meet per Bishop Eaton’s advice.


Update as of March, 13, 2020

A Collect from Compline, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 133

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

This prayer from our service of Compline has always been one of my favorites, but rarely have I prayed it with such fervor as I pray it tonight. Since early January, the world has been tracking the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With the disease now established in the US, and more importantly for us, Broward County and other parts of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, Bishop Eaton has prayerfully intensified our institutional response.

I write now to share important new diocesan and All Saints’ policies and guidelines about church worship and events.

  • As of today (Friday, March 13, 2020), all worship, events, and other gatherings are cancelled until at least March 30 in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.
  • EXCEPTION TO THE ABOVE: 12 step programs will continue to meet (per Bishop Eaton’s advice) and are asked to follow general disease prevention protocol.
  • Offices at All Saints will be closed until at least March 30. Calls and e-mails will be accepted and answered as usual. Ministry will not cease, but it will take place remotely.
  • Morning Prayer, including a homily, will be conducted via Facebook live streaming on Sunday mornings at 10:00AM and then uploaded to our Facebook page and to a new All Saints YouTube account (still to be established).
  • In addition to our Morning Prayer service, this Sunday, March 15 at 11:15AM, our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will preach and celebrate Holy Eucharist at the National Cathedral. The service will be live-streamed. Find the link at cathedral.org.
  • Standing meetings of committees will either be rescheduled, or held via web-conferencing. Further information will be given via e-mail to those involved in these committees.
  • I will continue to be available for ministry and pastoral care by phone, text, and email. Parish visits will take place in homes and offsite locations (as allowed in cases of hospitals and care communities). You may reach me via phone at 703-371-9433 or email.
  • Please follow our Facebook page for updates, live-streams, and additional resources. If you do not already receive our emails, subscribe to our newsletter on our website, allsaintsfl.org.

I know that both the spread of this disease and our decisions about it affect not only All Saints’ programs and planning, but the lives of our entire community. For many of you, the steps we are taking to protect the health of the community may involve significant inconvenience and personal sacrifice. Please accept my gratitude in advance for your goodwill and understanding.

It has often been said that the church is the people, not the building. This is true. It is also true, though, that it is harder to remain knit together as a community when we are not physically present with one another. Advice from healthcare professionals is to practice social distancing. But please do not practice spiritual distancing. Keep in touch with one another and with me. Reach out in virtual ways, help those in need, and most especially, pray for each other. In this uncertain moment, I have every confidence in our community’s ability to pull together with kindness, care and concern for the common good.

When we are weary of the changes and chances of this life, let us rest in God’s eternal changelessness. May the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, keep, guard, and guide us, this day and every day of our lives.

I hold you all in prayer. Please keep me in yours.

In the peace of Christ,
Leslie+