“I was sick, and you visited me.”
One of the fundamental acts of the Christian life is the offering of care and compassion to others who are in need or suffering. We do this in Jesus’ name, who calls us to this ministry. Concrete acts, or “works of mercy,” include specific prayers for those in need or trouble, visiting sick or homebound people, providing meals or food to those who are suffering, and providing clothing and shelter to people who lose their housing. As a congregation, we maintain a list of those who need our prayers, and our pastoral care committee works with the clergy to reach out to people in need. We often bring the sacrament of Holy Communion to those who cannot make it to church on Sunday – a sign of their inclusion in the congregation even when they are not physically present.
If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the church office at 301-229- 2960 and let us know (or call the clergy directly). We cannot solve all needs of course, but we want to do all that we can to walk with those who are suffering as supportive friends in Christ.