Videos by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sterling, Virginia in Sterling. We meet virtually at the following times: Sundays at 8:00, 9:30a, and 11:00am
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Palm Sunday Procession 2020
We couldn't be together for worship on Sunday, but that didn't stop us from having a virtual Palm Sunday procession. Thanks to all who participated. We hope you'll join us for Virtual Holy Week Services: Wednesday, April 8, 7:30pm - Tenebrae Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm - Maundy Thursday Friday, April 10, 12:00pm - Good Friday Saturday, April 11, 10:00am - Holy Saturday Sunday, April 12, 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am - Easter! stmtts.org
Dear Friends, If there is a consistent word I’ve been hearing, it is “heartbroken.” Teachers are heartbroken. College students are heartbroken. High school seniors are heartbroken. Workers losing their jobs are heartbroken. People with loved ones in assisted living facilities are heartbroken. Our beloved elders in those facilities who cannot even leave their rooms are heartbroken. And those who care about the heartbroken are heartbroken. Not far behind the word “heartbroken” is the very simple word, “sad.” For some, the word “heartbroken” is perhaps too strong a word. But the word “sad” is not. I am hearing over and over and over again, for a hundred different reasons, “I’m sad.” It is not that there aren’t sweet spots; there are. It’s that there is so much loss all around us, and none of us are unaffected by it. If you find yourself pushing back on that, do remember that the very first stage of grief is denial. So, what do we do? We talked about this yesterday, and at 9:30 the band shared a great, uplifting song at the conculsion of the sermon. If you missed the service yesteray, or if you'd just like to listen one more time, I pray this is helpful to you. Perhaps you'll consider sharing on social media with anyone you know who is feeling down, discouraged, or otherwise tempted to despair. Of course, one of the best things we can always do to manage sadness is to help someone else. There is another link on our website: stmtts.org, which details how you can do this. We update this as we continue to discover and figure out new ways to be of service to our community and the people in it. Finally, it will get better. The virus will run its course. When this is over, we will gather and sing and dance and celebrate like never before. Please, do not forget that. But not yet. First, we must make time and space to grieve, because the only way out with grief is through it. And going through grief is always something that is best done…together. Grieving with you while
Ways to Help
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