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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Throughout the Global Pandemic there has been significant conversation about our public health and the role that healthcare workers play in naturing it. At the beginning of the pandemic, we celebrated the heroic nature of healthcare work, but as the pandemic has persisted, we have grown weary and lost some of our appreciation.
“At St. Luke’s we are committed to loving our neighbors by protecting our public health. In partnership with Rite Aid, we recently hosted a free Flu Clinic right during our Sunday morning services,” says The Rev. Luke Fodor, the church’s Rector. “Since St. Luke is the patron saint of healing and physicians, we decided to host a special Service for Healthcare Workers on this years feast day of St. Luke, which the church celebrates on October 18th each year.”
During the 10 am worship service on Sunday, October 17th, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will offer prayers for community health care workers. Nurse practitioner Elizabeth Gattman will be the guest preacher. In the context of the events of the ongoing pandemic, St. Luke’s church will pray for the health care workers in our community, the nation, and the world.
As a frontline worker, Elizbeth Gattman has seen the public fatigue, “I think now everyone is tired, jaded, and a bit demoralized. As new data came in and recommendations changed based on this, the changes were seen as weaknesses or lack of knowledge, rather than evidence-based practice. Then comes people’s own experiences or anecdotal evidence, which seems to contradict what the science is saying. All of this is combined in the general community with a ‘lack of faith’ in medical/science community. Suddenly even though I’ve gone to seven years of college to study this, and people are coming to me, trusting me with their health, they don’t trust or believe what I say about epidemiology, covid, or vaccines.”
Community members are welcome to submit the names of health care workers they would like to have prayed for by name. To have yourself or a loved one included on this list, contact the church office (716-483-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown, NY. For more information about the healing service or any of St. Luke’s other offerings, call the church office at 716-483-6405.