Whenever I counsel a couple for marriage, I remind them that when God calls two people into relationship, they are able to accomplish things together that neither can do alone. One plus one - plus God - equals far more than three! I also find that the same is true for ministry: When we join our hearts and hands and minds for a common mission, we can help achieve God's purposes far more abundantly than we can in isolation.
In that spirit, I am excited to announce a new collaboration between St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, which is designed to broaden the reach of both congregations. Beginning next Monday, October 19, the two churches will be combining forces to offer two opportunities for prayer every week day, Monday-Friday. The schedule will be as follows:
- Each morning at 10 a.m. we will offer a time of intercessory prayer the old-fashioned way...by telephone! No worries about Zoom fatigue: All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline," and either Cricket Park or I will be on to pray with and for you. I encourage you give it a try.
- As well, you are invited to join friends from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline. These services will be lay-led and will draw on a variety of sources, including our own 1979 Book of Common Prayer, A New Zealand Prayer Book, Celtic Compline, and more! (Insider tip: On Mondays, our own Joey Arkfeld will lead a sung Taizé Compline. I, for one, and very excited!)
I will, of course, send out all the details about these services in the days to come, but for the moment please mark your calendars and plan to join us whenever you're able - in the morning, in the evening, or at both times. Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you would be interested in leading Compline one evening a week. We would be delighted to put you in the rota and will equip you with all that you need to guide others in prayer.
On behalf of Cricket Park, Geoffrey Silver, Joey Arkfeld, and myself, I look forward to sharing these expanded prayer offerings with you. God is good - all the time! - and we are so blessed by the strength of our combined community.
Peace and love,