Well, our first foray into worship online did not go exactly as I planned. Maisie the attack cat made an unexpected appearance and pretty much stole the show. One of my favorite writers Anne Lamott calls laughter “carbonated holiness.” Maybe we all needed a little bit of that. The video has 1,500 views! You can see it here:

And we’ll be back online at 8 this evening. Remember, if you’re on Facebook just go to our FB page. If not, go to our website, www.stdunstan.net, and hit the live worship button (there’s one at the top of the page and one at the bottom) and that will take you to our FB page. You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to see it. And if you’re not available at 8, you can watch it anytime after that. There is a time for prayers and intercessions. You can type in the name of someone for whom you’re praying in the comments (only for FB members). I am praying aloud each night for our parishioners Deb Dee, who has been deployed out of state by the US  Public Health Service to help with containment, and John Lloyd, who is an ER doctor at Grady. Tonight I’ll add Charlie and Cathy Leake’s daughters, Debbie, Rhonda and Audra, who all work in emergency rooms. 

Thanks to all of you who have sent pictures of yourselves for me to tape to the pews for Sunday. A special thanks to Josh Taylor, who sent me the “mug sheet” of all the pictures Billy DuBose took of parishioners a year or so ago (and thank you, Billy!). If you haven’t emailed me anything, please do. Let’s fill the pews!
And finally, some good news. Our Lenten campaign to relief medical debt with the nonprofit group RIP Medical Debt has had to take a back seat to all the other things going on in the world. But we’re still doing it. And as of today, we have received $13,595 in donations, more than half the way to our goal of $25,000. With the church’s match, we now have $27,190, which will forgive $2.7 million of medical debt for people in Atlanta. If you’d like to make a donation you can do so online at our website, or mail us a check, marked medical debt. And a friendly reminder you can also pay your pledges that way. 

Finally, I leave you with another prayer by Unitarian minister, Cameron Wiggins Bellm, who wrote the “Prayer for a Pandemic” that I sent you last week. This one is for Deb, John, Debbie, Rhonda Audra, and all others who are on the frontlines of this pandemic. God bless them all.


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