In his Service;
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petrosky

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My Dearest Church Family:

The Corona Virus Pandemic is overwhelming to the world. Other ‘disasters’ may have been catastrophic but most of those seemed confined to a certain region or country. Today we are facing an affliction that reaches North and South of the Equator. The news reports are increasing, as are our fears.

Turn to God! Call upon the Lord. Hear the Savior’s clear words and message; “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”-Matthew 11:28

I realized today that I needed some ‘rest.’ I needed a ‘break’ a ‘rest’ away from the TV. While it is wholesome to gain the reports of how the Corona Virus is changing it’s movement and our much needed responses, too much ‘sitting in front of the TV’ seems to heighten fear more than it does much needed knowledge.

‘Rest’ is also needed from fear. There IS reason to be concerned regarding the Corona Virus spread. Balanced knowledge regarding the precautions, methods of care and treatment and reliable authorities brings a ‘rest’ to one’s troubled spirit.

For the next several weeks we need to act prudently and react minimally.

Reliable authorities are teaching us to avoid large crowds in order to minimize the spread of the Corona Virus. I have consulted with the Elders on Session and we have agreed to cancel the previously scheduled Pork Dinner as well as the Sunday afternoon ‘One Voice’ concert. This will aide in minimizing the assembling of crowds from wide spread locations.

In the meantime, church services will remain as scheduled. Saturday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Many souls have found that drawing near to God in time of challenging scenarios is a blessing to the soul and a calming to one’s spirit. Please feel free to sit 3 feet apart, either downstairs in the Praise Center or upstairs in the Sanctuary. Feel free to use the sanctuary balcony if you wish. The few times I’ve been up there I find it to be a unique perspective. I might even wave to you from my vantage point as I lead worship.

Should you desire to stay at home because you have a cough, a cold, a fever, or just don’t want to be around folks, let us know. Each week the sermon and the bulletin are being delivered by US mail or are sent via e-mail. I will be glad to communicate with you in these ways.

Leave a message at the Church 412-264-0470 ext. 10 or send us an email if you desire this sort of communication:
I can be reached at 412-264-0470 ext. 29. My home number remains: 412-787-2285. My cell phone number is 412-992-7866. I’m here for you. So is our church family. More importantly, God sends Jesus still. Talk with Him, pray to Him.

I saw a bit of guidance that made me think regarding the Corona Virus. The guidance was this: Wash your hands with soapy water and disinfectant if possible for the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday through twice. As your pastor, I advise the same washing/disinfecting time as it takes for you to thoughtfully pray The Lord’s Prayer through, with meaning.

Some are already asking ‘why?’ this pandemic is occurring. A few are offering answers that sound more like ‘judgments’ than answers.

Christ’s guidance to us is to respond with compassion, prayer, and caring actions.

I am enclosing a prayer I hope you will use to bring some spiritual rest where there just might be weariness.

PRAY - Pray Without Ceasing
II Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to pray continually. Following a disaster, our best response is first to seek God's presence on behalf of those in need.

A Thoughtful Prayer during the Corona Virus Pandemic

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in these days of the spreading Corona Virus and distress, we welcome the life giving and hope restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those affected by this Corona Virus may be lifted from fear unto faith and be given comfort beyond only our world’s measures. Help ALL to find solace in You God Almighty. We are thankful for the generous grace of days of preparation; for the wise counsel of experts and the generous collaboration of so many communities, that in the face of this virus perhaps many are being kept out of harm’s way.

Lord bless those who prepare and protect us. We pray in grief, remembering that lives have been lost. We lift our voices in prayer for Your guidance, protectiveness, answers, and insights into further treatment and care of the Corona Virus. In the name of Christ the Healer we pray. Amen.

Yours in the Lord,

Rev. Tom


The Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis
Minister:  Rev. Thomas Giles-Petrosky, D.Min.
1201 Fifth Ave
Coraopolis, PA 15108
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