“What church do you belong to or what is your denomination?”
“Would you like to be visited by clergy while you are here?”
I hope you answered “YES” to the second question.
Under federal confidentiality laws, you must give permission for the church to even know that you are in the hospital and that we have your permission to visit you. If you or a family member is going into the hospital (either planned or not) we hope that you would call the church office, at (760) 744-7667, and let us know.
It is an unbroken tradition of our church that we be with you not only good times, but times of difficulty as well. We are called by God to share our lives in prayer for each other and to be present during periods of need. That call does not have a time limit; it includes all day, all night, and any occasion.
When you are asked the question, “Would you like to be visited by clergy while you are here”, please don’t think, “I know how busy Fr. Hugh is and I don’t want to bother him” or “I’m not that sick and I don’t want to be a bother.” I am never too busy to be with you.
I know that Christ is with us at all times. I also know that prayer works. When we can pray together; for healing, for growth, for safety, what comes to mind is: “Where two or more are gathered in My name…” and you know the rest. So let us be with you!
Each of you, each of us, is an important part of this Christian community; this Body of Christ. When you are asked by hospital staff, just say, “I am an Episcopalian and Grace San Marcos is my church. Yes, a visit would be just fine!” and your medical records will be notated to reflect the permission for a visit from me. Then call the church office or ask that a family member call us at (760) 744-7667. The hospital will not contact us for you.
Having done that, you know that we will be there with you. Being there is what God has called us to do and for all of us that call is a gift.
Paraphrasing the old television commercial, “We Christians want to know.”
God’s peace and blessings,