For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matt 18:20
Even though we are not able to gather together during this time in our Church buildings, we need to remain faithful in our prayers and our study of God’s Holy Word, remembering that the Lord is with us where ever we are. As Jesus stated in John 4:23-24, “God is spirit.” He is everywhere at once. As we worship Him in spirit and truth, may our heart and mind be spiritually open to His presence. – Bishop Bill
Click to read the Bishop’s full letter
We want to encourage you to worship from home while this health crisis unfolds and to do so we have complied a resource list for you. By no means does this list provide all available resources, but it does give you a number of options to guide you in your home worship. You may also reach out to your parish clergy for ideas and suggestions.
Recorded Eucharist services for each Sunday
Each Sunday while church services are suspended the Diocese of Albany will post a Sunday morning service with sermon by various Clergy from around the Diocese. We have set up a YouTube Channel where these services will be posted.
There are many Parishes that are Live Streaming their services on Facebook. Please talk to your local church leaders to see if they will be offering this. How to use Facebook Live
Journey to the Cross – Meditating on the events of Jesus’ final days and his resurrection can be profound. The challenge for most of us is shutting out the noise and distractions of everyday life long enough to quiet our souls and listen to the Spirit of God. You are invited to set aside an hour in your busy life to quiet your soul and participate in this series of 13 meditations that follow Jesus as he makes his way to the Cross. Each reflection includes a period of quiet at the end for you to pray, meditate, journal, draw…whatever your heart leads you to do. Simply hit pause if you need more time or slide ahead if you want to move on. It is our prayer that this experience will draw you closer to Jesus this Holy Week.
Cathedral Choir – Listen to the Cathedral of All Saints Choir for uplifting and beautiful music.
Listen to Contemporary Worship Music – YouTube has hours upon hours of instrumental worship music.
Listen to Traditional Hymns – YouTube has hours of traditional hymns to enjoy.
Stations of the Cross – Fr. Ed LaCombe reads Mary’s Way of the Cross
A Morning at the Office – Daily morning prayer including the Daily Office readings. This is available online or in your Podcast App.
Mission St. Clare – Daily morning and evening prayer and daily devotions. The website works well from the computer. If you are using your smart phone we recommend downloading the Mission St. Clare App.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle-Join others from around the Diocese as we pray daily for our Bishop, clergy and the various ministries in the Diocese of Albany. Some churches are also doing daily parish prayer prompts using email and social media.
Online Book of Common Prayer – In case you do not own a Prayer Book, here is a link to the BCP online.
Psalm Reflections – Daily reflections on the Psalms with our friends in Ireland.
Bible Gateway – In case you do not have a Bible at home, you can access it online. You can also contact your parish leaders, they may be able to bring you a Bible.
Truth for Life with Alistair Begg – Truth For Life’s mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance. Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. You can listen online, on the radio or subscribe to his Podcast.
Bible in On Year with Nicky Gumble – Start your day with the Bible in One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha.
Beaver Cross Ministries “Day by Day” – Danny and Kait Hyde will be posting daily videos on the Youtube to offer fun, Jesus-centered programming for youth during this situation.
It is important to stay connected and there are many ways to do so, such as email, phone calls, texts, and social media. You may also choose to use programs like Skype , Zoom or Google Hangouts. These are all great ways to hold face to face prayer meetings, vestry meetings, or simply for fellowship.
Conference Calls – Another option is to use a conference call service like Free Conference Call. Your church leader can set up an account easily and then provide everyone with a dial in phone number and access code. At the scheduled time, everyone can call in and be connected for group prayer or a meeting. Here are some tips for good call etiquette
Cleaning Guidance for Houses of Worship Attached please find guidelines from the New York State Department of Health for cleaning churches
Resources for Conducting Email Voting for Vestry Meetings
In 2014, the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, which pertains to religious institutions, was revised for the first time in many decades. The change that could impact the parish vestry during this time concerns decisions and actions taken by the vestry:
- Vestry actions using email as the voting mechanism for such actions are only valid if 100% of the vestry participates and the decision is unanimous.
- If 100% of the vestry does not participate in the email (i,e, doesn’t have access to email, chooses not to participate in this manner) or all participate but an email vote is not unanimous, a meeting is required.
- Under the law, meetings may occur in person or by video or teleconference or some combination thereof.
- Actions taken by email or video or teleconference should be memorialized in the next in-person meeting of the vestry.