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An Open Letter from our Rector,
          the Rev. Jamie L. Hamilton

Thank you for visiting All Saints’ website.  You are in our prayers, and we hope as you read this letter, you and your family are feeling safe and secure.  All Saints’ is committed to working with our local leaders to support those who are feeling vulnerable during these trying times.

As we are all aware, the global spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is real and a concern for us all.  Real lives are being touched, real lives are being lost, and real lives are being courageous, wise and prudent.  We give thanks for the strength of our communities and for all the ways we can support each other.

Not only has this pandemic caused us to think about things we take for granted, but also how to rethink our daily practices.  Indeed, like all churches, for the weeks to come, All Saints’ is in the middle of rethinking how we worship, as we profoundly believe that by restricting our gatherings, we are protecting our most vulnerable within our community.  We want to do our part in our communal efforts to save lives during this pandemic.

To that end, besides not holding church services for the time being, we have temporarily closed the Serendipity Shop.  We have transformed our Tuesday Community Suppers into “Take Out Meals.”  Please come to the All Saints' parking lot Tuesdays between 5:30-6:30 pm, and one of our volunteers will bring you homemade soup, bread and cookies.  We are working closely with the Peterborough Food Pantry and our school leaders to make sure that people do not go hungry. We are exploring ways to meet "virtually" through ZOOM and discovering creative ways to pray and support AA, our educational classes, and our ministries, especially to those who may be isolated.

We pray for those who are infected with this virus and their families; for those who have lost loved ones; for medical personnel and first responders who are offering care to those who are sick; for scientists who are working diligently to create a vaccine; for government leaders as they make difficult decisions; and for our capacity to meet the needs of the vulnerable.  If you have any prayer needs, please call our church office at 603-924-3202 and we will be sure our prayer team adds your requests to their intercessions.

There’s a wonderful prayer in our tradition that I share with you now: 

This is another day.  I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, dear Gracious God, for whatever it may be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand up bravely.  If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.  Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.

Blessings on you and your loved ones,

Jamie+

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