Dear Companions in Christ:
Once again, our lives in Connecticut are upset by unknown and unexpected events. Tropical Storm Isaias that blew through our state with fast moving and ferocious winds on Tuesday afternoon and evening torn down trees, branches and power lines leaving over 720,000 citizens in Connecticut without electricity. And right now, many of you continue to struggle without power. As far as we know, there has not been any major damage to any churches in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut although the Commons is currently without electricity. If your parish has suffered damage in any way, please let us know and please reach out to Matt Handi (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Commons for assistance with insurance claims.
We recognize that living without electricity is very upsetting at this time. The loss of internet, refrigeration, air conditioning, dehumidifiers, and other household necessities has made life amid the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism in our nation even more trying and difficult to endure. Please know that we are praying for you that you may have peace, comfort, endurance, good humor, and the restoration of electricity. If there is anything else we can do please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
We close with a prayer by Edward Hays for all affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias from the Episcopal Relief and Development webpage:
Lord and Holy Protector, like the disciples who were caught in their tiny boat in the midst of a mighty storm, we come together to seek Your help. We are fearful as we are surrounded by danger. We feel helpless and small before the great power of this perilous time, a power which is beyond our control. We are fearful as we are surrounded by danger. While everything seems dark and dangerous, we place our trust in You, our Lord and God. Sheltered here in our home we are also shielded by Your love against all that might harm us. We know that You hear all prayers; so we now, filled with confidence, lift up our petitions to You, our God.
May the peace of Christ be with you. God bless.
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
Bishop Diocesan Bishop Suffragan