“The Companion, the Holy Spirit whom the Creator will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. The Holy Spirit will remind you of all things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don´t leave you the way you´re used to being left – feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught” John 14:25-27 (The Message)
Together with the entire staff, we on the Community Development Team at MCC, are here to talk, support and pray with you. Our role with MCC is to work with churches and leaders who are finding their way through this time. Today we write with encouragement and prayer for the Spirit to lead us, to breathe in us new life and new ways of being community.
The current health situation around the world is very serious. For many of us that means we must stay at home, without fear yet with adequate knowledge and information. This is the time to take care of ourselves and those who are most vulnerable. This is the time to demonstrate that although we are physically isolated from one another, we are also united in solidarity, in strength, in empathy, and in hope.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, especially to all who work in health care in any capacity. Thank you to those who are members and friends of MCC, who may be struggling in hospitals and nursing homes to give dignified care to those who are in poor health. God strengthens and fortifies all who labor for this cause and for all who provide pastoral care and leadership.
In the face of adversity, there is also a great opportunity to bring out the best in people. There is a great opportunity to solidify our faith and commitment to the causes of justice. We are called to demonstrate and offer the best of our very beings, to support those who need our bold actions in solidarity and empathy.
In this unprecedented time in modern human history, and the rapid expansion of Covid-19, we have to be creative in the way we are a community. This is the time to bring out the best in ourselves as people of faith and as members of MCC. As a queer people, we are uniquely qualified for this time because we know how to build places to include the marginalized, to dream of new ways of being community, and to dream of a future far different than the one we are in.
We are deeply grateful for the creative ways that have been implemented to continue praying, worshipping, and being a virtual community, with a direct message that no one is alone in this time.
The members of our communities in Cuba have taken on the task of caring for the elderly, supporting them in doing their shopping and bringing them the products necessary for their daily life; in Monterrey, Mexico they are organizing to offer, to the extent possible, pantries for those in greatest need. These are just some examples that it is possible to show a compassionate and caring human face in the midst of adversity.
What are ways you are responding to the needs of your community in a fresh way? What are some of the ways you imagine the creativity needed during this time can shape your ministry beyond this current crisis? What is God calling you to pay attention to in a new way?
In the coming weeks and months, we will be continuing to look at ways we can pool our ideas, energy, and creativity. We will use your input to inform these ideas and resources.
Today more than ever our prayers need our feet for action.
Loving and caring God. You are mindful of each of our needs. You are present in times of distress and in times of uncertainty. Calm our hearts and our Spirits and embolden us for action even if from a distance. Weave our Spirits together in ways that are fresh and new for this season. Help each of us to be that connecting thread of love, hope, peace, and joy.
It is in your many names that we pray with hopeful expectation.
Join the Community Development Team for virtual tea, coffee, and conversation. This will be a time of building hope, cultivating joy, connecting with one another, and with God. Led by Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Revs. Cathy Alexander, Lauren Bennett & Wanda Floyd. We will see you Tuesday, March 31st at 5pm EST, 9pm GMT.
Calling all Chaplains
The Community Development Team will be reaching out to you to see how we can be of service to you in this time. Watch for more details coming to you soon.
New MCC Mailing Address
Please share with your Treasurer and Clerk of the Board
2775 NW 49th Ave. Ste: 205-327
Ocala, FL 34482