An Appeal from Gov. Baker and Attorney General Healey

From the Massachusetts Council of Churches

Dear Church, The hour is late, and the need is critical. Late this evening, I received this request from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey to share with you this message. On Saturday, Gov. Baker, AG Healey, statewide hospital executives and health care providers met about their concern that people are not going to hospitals or clinics for non-COVID issues out of fear of getting the coronavirus. They are especially concerned about communities of color and immigrant communities who need medical care. At MCC, we know that there are historic and persistent reasons why communities of color do not trust fully trust medical systems. And yet, we grieve the prospect of further loss of life and health during this pandemic from preventable medical concerns.  Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey asked that pastors, especially pastors leading immigrant and Black churches, read, email, and share the following message with your congregations on Sunday and in the days ahead. I commend the following message to you on their behalf.  In hope, Rev. Laura
 

“As we pray for relief from this pandemic and for the lives lost and those sick, Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey want the public to know that they should please go to the hospital or call their health care provider if they are feeling unwell, become injured or need medical attention for non-COVID illness such as chest pain, dialysis, emergency care, and routine vaccinations and treatments. They have heard stories of people avoiding care out of a fear of contracting the coronavirus. 

Hospitals and health care clinics are safe and here to protect you and you should not avoid seeking needed care for non-COVID related illnesses. Take care of yourselves and one another.   Our health care community stands at the ready to help, and your government is here to serve everyone.”

Online Services

Our service

Even though our church building is closed you can still join us in our Sunday services from home!

Our service is similar to an in-person service that you may be familiar with. There are hymns for you to sing along with at home. There is a responsive reading for you and whoever is with you as you view this service so you can join in. There are prayers and a moment for you to add your own prayers. If you join via Zoom then the prayer part will be live, you will be able to add your voice to the prayer. If you are joining via a pre-recorded session, then we encourage you to hit ‘pause’ and voice your own prayers. If you are watching on our Facebook page, you can add comments.

If you like, you can send us your prayers and we will add them to our prayer chain that is emailed to our congregation or if you would like to become a member of our prayer chain so you can be in prayer for others. Go to our website’s contact page and send us your prayer or ask to join the prayer chain. Each Sunday there is a message from one of our ministers, either Pastor Rick Rabe or Rev. Sam Wilde. At the end of our service there is a reminder that if you wish to support our ministry, if this has deepened your faith, given you pause to think, or even just given you a break from the world outside, we ask you to click on the ‘contribute’ button or send us an offering through the mail. God bless you and keep you safe.

Join Us in Prayer and Fellowship

Each Tuesday at 10am EST we hold a Zoom meeting where we gather and celebrate our faith in shared experiences, prayers and scripture. If you’d like to join us, go to the contact page and send us a note, just include the words ‘Tuesday Zoom’ and we will email you the instructions.

Get Ready for Easter!

This Sunday our Easter worship service will be online at 10am on our website, on Facebook, and through Zoom. Please choose a way that works best for you! There are instructions for Zoom below.

Before the service we encourage you to gather a candle, something to light it with, and pictures of family and friends you are missing. Pastor Rick will lead a special prayer during the service to help us connect with those whom we are separated from.

Zoom Instructions – If you have a computer, a tablet, a mobile phone or even a home phone, then you can join the Easter Service! It will be on ZOOM. 
What does that mean? It means you will be with me on a video-call. If you are using a phone without a camera, I won’t see you but I’ll hear you and everyone else on the video-call will be able to connect with you. Because we want to get as close to being together as possible for this service, I encourage you to TRY Zoom even if it scares you a little!

If you would like to join, please go to the contact-us page by clicking here and we will email you instructions. Just put Easter in the comment section.

Good Friday Service

Our Good Friday service will happen online this Friday at 7 p.m.


There are SEVERAL ways for you to participate in the service. Please choose the way that works best for you. IF you have a computer, a tablet, a mobile phone or even a home phone, then you can join the LIVE Good Friday Service! It will be on ZOOM. 
What does that mean? It means you will be with me on a video-call. If you are using a phone without a camera, I won’t see you but I’ll hear you and everyone else on the video-call will be able to connect with you. Because we want to get as close to being together as possible for this service, I encourage you to TRY Zoom even if it scares you a little!


The service is 60 minutes. If you do not have access to a phone or computer to call in, the service will be recorded and played on our website and Facebook after it happens.

If you would like to join, please go to the contact-us page by clicking here and we will email you instructions. Just put Good Friday in the comment section.

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