Covid-19 Update

(中英文通訊--中文版在下半頁)
 
March 14, 2020
 
 
Dear SMSL Family,
 
St. Matthias and St. Luke Church is committed to seeking the welfare of our neighbours and our city as we strive to glorify God. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and health authorities seek to mitigate the threat, we will responsibly follow the recommendations and guidelines of local government.
 
On March 12, the government has advised that public gatherings of over 250 be cancelled. (https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/b-c-health-officials-discourage-travel-outside-canada-ban-events-larger-than-250-people-1.4850903) Our community gatherings on Sundays are below that threshold, so at this point we intend to continue Sunday services unless either our bishops or local government officials advise we cease to meet publicly.
 
Several extra precautions are being taken at SMSL to ensure a safe environment and to reduce the threat of contagion spreading.
 
These precautions include:

  • Encouraging all those who feel unwell to stay at home

  • Encouraging all vulnerable persons, including the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, to stay at home

  • Discouraging any physical touch at worship services

  • Encouraging proper hygiene practices

  • Providing individual cups and bread wafers during Holy Communion

  • Encouraging all persons coming into the church building to clean their hands upon entry and also before Holy Communion.


As a church we will continue to praise, pursue and proclaim Jesus as Lord through this season, but we recognize in the midst of this global pandemic that our regular parish ministries will temporarily look different. As such, sermons will be available online and we have plans to make services available online should parishioners prefer to stay at home.
 
Finally, we also ask that we all join in regular prayer for the wellbeing of all people of the world, and for God’s wisdom with all governments set in place for their care. Every person is made in the image of God and is precious to Him, and we lift up all people from all nations in this difficult season, praying God protects and provides for their needs in this crisis.


If you would like a pastor or leader to pray or connect with you, please contact us at info@smslchurch.ca or rector@smslchurch.ca.
 
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
 (Psalm 121:1-4)
 
God bless you,
 
Rev Timothy Fong and Rev. Chris Ley
 
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親愛的聖路加聖馬提亞堂弟兄姊妹,平安。
 
我們聖路加聖馬提亞堂牧區致力透過服事社區來榮耀上帝。隨著冠狀病毒(COVID-19) 疫情持續蔓延,而衛生局設法解除威脅,我們會按本份採納當局的建議和指引。
 
截至3月12日為止,省政府已建議取消所有超過250人參與的公眾集會。 (https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/bc-health-officials-discourage-travel-outside-canada-ban-events-large-than-250-people-1.4850903)由於我們聚會的人數遠低於這標準,我們會繼續舉行主日崇拜,直至我們的主教或有關政府部門建議我們停止聚會為止。
 
然而,在聚會的同時,我們會採取一些特別的措施,以確保環境的安全,減少病毒的蔓延。這些措施包括:

  • 鼓勵所有感到不適的弟兄姊妹留在家裡

  • 鼓勵所有年老、體弱或容易受感染的弟兄姊妹留在家中

  • 在崇拜時,停止任何身體接觸,如握手問安,

  • 提醒大家加強個人清潔措施

  • 在施行聖餐時,採用獨立的杯子和聖餐餅,進行分發

  • 鼓勵所有弟兄姊妹進入教堂時和領受聖餐前要清潔雙手


作為教會,我們將在疫情下繼續敬拜,追隨和傳揚耶穌是主,但我們也意識到,在這種全球性疫情的威脅下,我們的事工和活動需要作不同安排。因此,我們考慮透過互聯網轉播主日崇拜,讓不能來教會的弟兄姊妹可在家裡參與。

最後,我們請大家常常為所有人得平安禱告,又祈求主賜各國政府智慧,讓他們曉得怎樣照顧人民。由於每個人都是按上帝的形像所造的,對祂來說都是寶貴的,所以我們要為各國的人禱告,祈求上帝在這場危機中保守他們,並供應他們所需的。
 
如果您希望教牧或信徒同工與您禱告或聯絡,歡迎來郵:rector@smslchurch.cachris@smslchurch.ca
 
1 我要向山舉目。我的幫助從何而來?
2 我的幫助從造天地的耶和華而來。
3 他必不叫你的腳搖動,保護你的必不打盹。
4 保護以色列的也不打盹,也不睡覺。
5 保護你的是耶和華,耶和華在你右邊蔭庇你。
6 白日,太陽必不傷你;夜間,月亮必不害你。
7 耶和華要保護你免受一切的災害,他要保護你的性命。
8 你出你入,耶和華要保護你,從今時直到永遠。
(詩篇121:1-8)
 
祝願  主賜平安!
 
主僕
方文傑、Chris Ley
二零二零年三月十四日敬謹

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