“With what shall I come before God, and bow myself before God on high? God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Sometimes an open door is all you need. You’re not looking for a church to tell you its own version of right and wrong. You’re not looking for a church that has all the answers. Or a church that includes only the right kind of people.
You’re looking for a church where you can bring your doubts, your questions, your fears, and find a welcoming, open community willing to share them. The doors to our churches are always open, spiritually, if not physically, and within, you will find a quiet place for prayer and a nurturing community ready to help you find your voice and your vocation to the world in Christ’s name. Come and see.
Welcome to the new and improved Webpage of The Episcopal Church in Garrett County. Thanks to parishioners Mark and Kendall Ludwig at CurlyRed Design for their hard work in getting this site up and running quickly so that we are able to keep our church community connected, informed, praying and functioning in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our world has been turned upside down and we are in the process of re-orienting ourselves to the new,harsh realities of life in this moment. The most important thing we can do for ourselves and for each other is to remain community, reaching out, caring, and supporting one another during this crisis.
In this day and age we are blessed to have the technology to accomplish that in an environment where the close contact we have become accustomed to is no longer safe. Our ministries will continue - in different ways; our fellowship will continue - in different ways; our community will endure, guided by the Spirit of Love which binds us all together. All of this is happening quickly and changing constantly. My colleagues in the Diocese of Maryland and I are working to find innovative ways for our congregations to stay connected and to continue the work we have been given to do…and there is still work to do.
First and foremost, stay safe. Observe all of the procedures that have been given to us – hand washing frequently, social distancing, covering up when we cough or sneeze, among other things.
Secondly, as Christians, our history has been that we find ways to reach out to one another in good times and in bad, in spite of hardships. Obviously, this is one of those really bad times. We’re all scared, we’d all like this to go away, and we worry about family and friends.
We are human. This is how we are supposed to react, initially. Then, with an openness to Spirit, we begin to seek ways in which we can connect and check up on each other, how to get food to someone who can’t get out, how to bring comfort to someone who is more afraid than we are, or any of a number of other things that can’t be thought of right now.
Finally, pray. We are a faith community. Now, particularly, we are a faith community truly in a Lenten wilderness, seeking a way back to communion with God and each other. Daily prayer, in your own way and time, will help to bolster the foundation upon which you stand in the face of the storm. Prayer, in community, will help to bolster the sense that you are not alone in this. To that end, on this website, you will find links to our daily Morning Prayer podcasts and also a viewer for our YouTube channel, which will livestream Sunday morning services from St. Matthew’s at 8AM and 10:45AM. Our 8AM service is also broadcast live on WMSG-AM 1050 and WKTZ-FM 95.9 in Oakland. We are looking at other online ways for us to be together from time to time. We will announce them as soon as they are in place.
At all times, remember this - My prayers and the prayers of this community are constantly with each of you. If you have a need, let us know. We will help you resolve it. If you have an idea that would be helpful to your brothers and sisters, let us know. We will pass it on in the ENews. If you are not receiving the ENews, subscribe using the button on this site. Together, we will get through this.
Christmas is more than simply marking a 2000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God; the revelation of God in Christ whereby all creation might be reconciled to God; a process in which we now participate, the consummation of which we anticipate. It is the basis for the reversal of worldly values and a new lifestyle of service, servanthood, and humility.
A life of holy living arises from a profound sense that we live "between the times" and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God's people. The spirit of Advent is wrapped up in three words: anticipation, preparation, and longing. We hope for a God who has heard the cries of the oppressed and anticipate a King who will rule with justice, truth, and righteousness over the people and creation. Isaiah reminded the people, and us, that God would ultimately reconcile all things and the Kingdom of Heaven would reign forever. God sends out word to comfort His people. A time is coming when all will see this wondrous thing. God is true, God is faithful to God's promise, and we are called to be patient and hold on to the promise in spite of the seeming reluctance of life to go along. There is only one thing to do, and Isaiah calls us to that. Trust in the promise of that birth so long ago - that God would be with us wherever we are and in whatever circumstances we might find ourselves. Live and work a Kingdom life, loving and serving others with all your heart and might. This is how God is manifested to the world this Christmas and in the days to come. It is in this way that Isaiah's words come alive: "Get you up to a high mountain, lift up your voice with strength and do not fear. Say unto the cities of Judah, 'Behold, your God!'"
While our two churches are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can access the broadcasts on WMSG-AM 1050 and WKTZ-FM 95.9 at 8AM and watch live online at 8AM and 10:45AM by visiting our YouTube Channel.